External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday outlined eight broad principles for repairing ties between India and China that included strict adherence to all agreements on management of the Line of Actual Control, mutual respect and sensitivity, and recognising each other's aspirations as rising Asian powers.
In an online address on India-China ties, Jaishankar said the events in eastern Ladakh last year have profoundly disturbed the relationship and asserted that any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo along the LAC is 'completely unacceptable'.
The minister said any expectation that the situation at the border 'can be brushed aside and life can carry on undisturbed' is simply not realistic.
"India-China relationship is at crossroads; choices that are made will have profound repercussions not just for two nations but for world. Chinese actions in eastern Ladakh not only signalled a disregard for commitments about minimising troops level but also showed a willingness to breach peace and tranquillity", he said.