New Delhi - A day after a Navy spy plane detected seven warships in the Indian Ocean, the Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar clarified that New Delhi had not raised the issue with Beijing as the warships had not violated any maritime boundaries.
As per media report, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar link dampened media speculation that border tensions with China had been flaring up ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to New Delhi.
"Chinese submarines and warships tracked in the Indian Ocean is an operational matter of the navy and we did not raise the matter diplomatically with Beijing as there are no sovereignty violations involved in these cases," he said.
"We did not have skirmishes with Chinese at the border," the minister added.
The statement came against a backdropof a recent face-off at the border in the eastern Ladakh region which Jaishankar said was to due to the loosely demarcated boundary between the two countries, adding that the issue had been resolved diplomatically.