India’s relations with China cannot be normal as long as Beijing tries to unilaterally change LAC and continues to build up forces along the border, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday.
Replying to queries by MPs after his suo motu statement on foreign policy in Rajya Sabha, the minister said India has made it clear to China that it will not tolerate any unilateral change in the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“Diplomatically, we have been very clear. We have been very clear with the Chinese that we will not tolerate any unilaterally change to the Line of Actual Control.
“And that so long as they continue to seek to do that, and if they have built up forces, which in our minds constitute a serious concern in the border areas, then our relationship is not normal,” he said.
China is reported to have built up military infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.
Earlier this year, a top US general had described the Chinese activity along the LAC as eye-opening.
“And the abnormality of that (relations) has been in evidence in the last few years,” Jaishankar said on Wednesday.
He said the military commanders of the two countries continue to engage each other.