India will not accept any unilateral change to status quo: Jaishankar

India’s borders must be protected, it will never accept any attempt to ‘unilaterally change the status quo’, and a posture that ‘deviates from the established understanding’ will elicit its own responses, the minister said on Tuesday. of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar. He was addressing the foreign diplomatic corps at a special event held to celebrate eight years of the Modi government.

“We have overcome the hesitations of history and will not allow anyone to veto our choices,” he said. India has been engaged with China for two years over the border line in eastern Ladakh.

Talking about how self-reliance helps make India stronger, Jaishankar said that in the past, globalization has caused “lowered defences”. “In the past, the mantras of globalization have lowered its defenses and discouraged the building of deeper forces. This realization is responsible for the commitment we now see towards Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.

Jaishankar said India shared the international community’s disappointment with the United Nations. “Although our efforts will always remain united, we also share the international community’s disappointment with the UN’s declining effectiveness,” he said.

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Jaishankar also spoke about the triumph of diplomacy over terrorism in the achievement of foreign policy. “Diplomacy has helped meet this challenge by delegitimizing it and denying it the support and sustenance of terrorism,” he said.

He said India was eager to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, overcoming “political hurdles” that run counter to global interests, seen as an indirect reference to China’s objection to joining. New Delhi in the elite group of nations.

Speaking about India’s stance towards its neighbours, Jaishankar said India has a “generous and non-reciprocal approach to our close proximity”.

“Whether during Covid or the current economic challenges, India has gone the extra mile for its neighbors and will continue to do so,” he said.

He said India had also expressed an “acute awareness” of its sprawling neighborhoods. “This is expressed in the policy of Act East…a Gulf engagement and initiative in Central Asia,” he said, adding “in each case, whether it is attention from the share of leaders, diplomatic energies, practical projects or shared activities, the record is one of the highest”. commitment”.

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