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India won’t accept any unilateral transformation in status quo: Jaishankar

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

India’s borders are in need of safeguarding, it will never accept any attempt to “unilaterally change the status quo”, and a posture that “departs from established understanding” will evoke its own responses, said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday, while he was addressing foreign diplomatic corps at a special event organised to celebrate eight years of the Modi government.

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

Speaking about how self-reliance adds to making a stronger India, Jaishankar said that in the past, globalisation lead to “lowered defences”. “In the past, mantras of globalisation lowered its defences and discouraged building of deeper strengths. That realisation is responsible for the commitment we now see to Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.

Jaishankar said that India shares the international community’s disappointment with the United Nations. “While our endeavours will always remain supportive, we also share the disappointment of the international community of the UN’s declining effectiveness,” he said.