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Restoring status quo in Ladakh will damage the aura China has created: Former foreign secy Kanwal Sibal

Updated : December 24, 2020 08:35:32 IST

The year 2020 has wreaked havoc across the globe, claiming 1.7 million lives and close to 79 million people fell ill due to the coronavirus. It was a year, which disrupted supply chains, shipping lines and severely impacted economic growth across the world. It was a year when India lived up to its reputation as the pharmacy of the world by supplying medicines to 150 countries.

While the world realised the dangers of being import dependent on China and China+1 became the buzzword, for India there was one incident which will impact all foreign policy decisions, going forward.

On June 15, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the worst clashes between India and China in 45 years. For the past eight months, Indian and Chinese troops are in a faceoff position at Eastern Ladakh.

Despite eight rounds of military talks and a five point consensus reached between foreign ministers Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Wang Yi, there is no end to the border stand-off. India has made it clear that China must restore status quo and it can no longer be business as usual.

Going forward, India would like to play a bigger role in supply chains, forge win-win trade partnerships and focus on the Indo-Pacific.

In fact, minister Jaishankar recently said that India would be giving its full attention to the Indo-Pacific, an area which constitutes 50 percent of global trade, 64 percent of the world's population and 62 percent of global GDP. So, how will India' navigate global challenges in 2021?

To discuss this, Parikshit Luthra spoke to former foreign secretary Shashank; former Indian Ambassador Vishnu Prakash and former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal.

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