External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said that the Quadrilateral Security Group, or Quad, discussed India-China relations as a part of a briefing on developments in the neighborhood countries. Addressing a joint press conference along with Australian counterpart Marise Payne. Jaishankar underlined that the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has arisen due to disregard by China of written agreements to not amass forces at the border.
Jaishankar said a lot of countries take a legitimate interest in India-China relations, particularly if the countries are from the Indo-Pacific region.
“Yes, we (Quad) had a discussion on India-China relations because it was part of how we briefed each other about what was happening in our neighborhood,” the minister said.
“So, when a large country disregards written commitments. I think it’s an issue of a legitimate concern for the entire international community,” he added.
The minister stressed that the Quad would continue to work towards a “rule-based international order. Freedom of navigation in international waters, promoting connectivity, growth, and security for all while respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states.”
India welcomed the reopening of Australian borders for international tourists after an almost two-year-long hiatus. Jaishankar said that the easing of border restrictions will help students. Temporary visa holders, separated families who have been in India waiting to return.
Noting the deeper connections between India and Australia in trade and investment. Payne said that Australian minister Dan Tehan is returning from India after a round of negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). She expressed confidence that CECA will unlock new trade. Also investment opportunities for both countries, particularly as the economies recover from the impact of Covid-19.
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