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jaishankar: Beijing violated written pacts, says Jaishankar | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Foreign minister S Jaishankar on Saturday blamed China for the current LAC situation, saying Beijing had violated written agreements by amassing forces along the border and this is an issue of legitimate concern for the entire international community. While confirming that the issue came up at the Quad meeting on Friday, the minister also said repeated criticism by China won’t make the Quad any less credible.
Jaishankar was speaking after a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne that followed the 4th Quad foreign ministers’ meeting in Melbourne Friday. Beijing had slammed the meeting, describing Quad as a tool to contain China.
Expressing support for a maritime rules-based order, the Quad meeting had called for expansion of cooperation to keep the Indo-Pacific region free from coercion. “All four of us yesterday (Friday), the two of us and Blinken and Hayashi, as well, made that point that we are here to do positive things. We are here to contribute to the peace, prosperity and stability of the region,” Jaishankar said while speaking at a joint press conference with Payne.
“Our record and our actions and stances is fairly clear and by criticising it repeatedly, it doesn’t make us less credible,” he asserted.
Payne too said the Quad is “not against anything” and that it is about building confidence and resilience, about promoting a region in which all countries are able to “be and feel sovereign and secure without the threat of coercion or intimidation”.
When asked whether the India-China border stand-off issue came up for discussion during the Quad foreign ministers’ meeting here on Friday, the Indian foreign minister said it did.
“Yes, we (Quad) had a discussion on India-China relations because it was part of how we briefed each other about what was happening in our neighbourhood. And it’s an issue in which a lot of countries legitimately take interest, particularly if they are from the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

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