Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

“Very concerned,” says the German ambassador about the India-China conflict in Tawang

The German Envoy also detailed Germany’s plans for supporting green transitions in India and providing around EUR1.5 billion per year in a 10-year period to fund biodiversity, climate change as well as smart urban sustainability initiatives

The escalating conflict among Indian as well as Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh is a cause of concern, and there must be no violations of international boundaries, German ambassador Philipp Ackermann declared on Wednesday.

Ackermann said in an interview that European nations now have a better awareness of India’s position in the Ukraine conflict, they would like to see the Indian party is aware of the European situation since the war has a “very large effect” across the continent with regards to energy prices and refugees as well as the impact on the global rules-based system.

In the wake of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s recent visit to India, Both sides have agreed to remain in constant contact at the top level regarding the issue of China and Russia the envoy added in a statement that the relationship between the two nations is one of “strategic geopolitical issue”.

Ackermann explained Germany’s plans to support green transitions in India by providing around EUR1.5 billion annually in a 10-year period to fund biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable city initiatives.

In reference to the fight in the LAC near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on the 9th of December which left a number of soldiers wounded on both sides In response to the clash, the German representative said: “I’m not fully aware of every aspect, all I’m reading is reports from the media, however, I can tell you that we’re very worried. We must avoid violations of international borders whenever possible.”

He also said, “There was violence in the western portion of the LACThere is also violence in the eastern portion. I believe this is a cause for concern. There shouldn’t be any violence.”

Ackermann added “We in Europe are witnessing the war of aggression of Russia every day in relation to the price of energy as well as dealing with refugees and Russians and on all levels. However, on a larger scale, the issue is one that affects all of the worlds as it’s a violation the international laws.”

If the Ukraine conflict could have implications for the rules-based order that exists in other regions of the world the president replied “Absolutely honestly it is exactly the situation we’re seeing. Some might say that this isn’t our region of the world however, what we observe is a clear breach of international laws. we must do our best to avoid making these violations occur. The situation we’ve witnessed at Arunachal [Pradesh] in recent times is just this.”

In expressing the faith of the Indian president of the G20 can overcome the divisions within the group and the Ukraine conflict, Ackermann said: “We have high hopes, however, I would say that it is definitely not unfounded that this conflict could play a part within the G20. You can’t exclude it.”

Although European countries are said to have “understood the Indian positions [on the Ukraine crisis to a certain degree” however, they “hope that the Indians have also been able to comprehend the European positions to a certain degree. The conflict in Ukraine has had a significant impact on our lives in Europe. This isn’t just an issue for Germany or Ukraine and it’s affecting the entire continent,” he added.

Regarding Baerbock’s conversations regarding her discussions with Indian partner S Jaishankar during her visit earlier this week, Ackermann explained China in addition to Russia as a “strategic geopolitical issue”. He said “I believe that both ministers have agreed to remain in close contact at the top of the chain in the two issues, and I believe in our assessment regarding China we’re attentive to the things that India can say. We believe that India has plenty to say about China and I believe there’s a lot to be shared between our analyses.”

The two ministers held a “very beneficial discussion” on the Russian conflict of aggression against Ukraine” since it is also a top priority the minister said.

As part of the partnership for sustainable and environmentally sustainable improvement, Germany will back a number of initiatives in India which range from helping energy producers in Rajasthan to switch from fossil fuels and renewables to helping a solar-powered water transport project, and assisting organic farming and biodiversity projects in the northern states.

Germany is also eager to work with India on the manufacturing of defense equipment, but it will take some time and also to work more closely on the Indo-Pacific as well, such as through ships being deployed as well as jointly-organized exercises Ackermann said.

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