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China Tried To Change Facts On Ground, Says Former NSA Shivshankar Menon | Strategically Speaking With Smita Sharma

The challenge posed by strained India-China relations is presently one of the most significant issues in India’s external security policies as the standoff in the eastern Ladakh region remains unresolved even after 13 rounds of talks between the two countries. Former NSA Shivshankar Menon on Wednesday shared his views with India Ahead on the current… Continue reading China Tried To Change Facts On Ground, Says Former NSA Shivshankar Menon | Strategically Speaking With Smita Sharma

The challenge posed by strained India-China relations is presently one of the most significant issues in India’s external security policies as the standoff in the eastern Ladakh region remains unresolved even after 13 rounds of talks between the two countries. Former NSA Shivshankar Menon on Wednesday shared his views with India Ahead on the current standoff situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 

“As far as I’m concerned for the last year, the Chinese by the change in their behavior have bought into question all the arrangements all the CBMs and so on which were in place, which had kept the peace for some good two and a half decades, and which had kept the border roughly the way it was before. This is more than just a negotiation of a few points where we might be in contact or where China might have changed the status quo. I think for me this is a much bigger issue of how do you maintain peace on a border where China has drawn up rules and tried to change the facts on the ground,” he said. 

Shivshankar Menon explained the antagonistic cooperation between India and China. He said that India and China might have huge border disputes but, at the same time, India has 25,000 students in China and trade is booming, so both will go on. India and China will do what suits their interest with their other partners. 

Former NSA Menon also spoke about China’s new border law amidst the LAC dispute, which will be in effect from January 1, 2022. He said, “We need to understand the function of law in China, even in history not just under this regime or since communists came into power, China has ruled by law not rule of law. So, it’s not as though the law lays down what policies the government will follow, the law is an instrument of state policy and is used to punish or reward those who actually help the state to implement its policy.”

The former foreign secretary also spoke about the Pegasus Snoopgate. He said that India is turning into a surveillance state, but a balance has to be drawn, the instrument of state should not be used for political interest.