Donald Trump offers to calm tensions between India and China

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2020

"The realization of "Dragon and Elephant dancing together" is the only right choice for China and India, which serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and two peoples", Sun Weidong, the Chinese ambassador to New Delhi said in an interaction with students according to a statement released on the embassy's website on Wednesday.

As the India-China faceoff in Ladakh worsens with every passing day, the administrations in Leh and Kargil are concerned and call for a de-escalation of tensions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The external affairs ministry has, however, rejected China's claims of Indian troops trespassing the Chinese border and have instead accused Beijing of doing so. "We have been following the important consensus reached by the two leaders and strictly observing the agreements between the two countries", he said.

India on Wednesday said it was engaged with China to resolve the border issue, in a carefully crafted reaction seen as virtual rejection of US President Donald Trump's offer to arbitrate between the two Asian giants in resolving their decades-old boundary dispute.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump said, "We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute".

India has moved a large number of its troops to the disturbed area to counter Chinese movement in an area which is above 14,000 feet.

"The current situation on China-India border is generally stable and controllable; China and India have ideal border-related mechanisms and communication channels", said Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile, India and China have started using their diplomatic channels to resolve the issue bilaterally. Troops engaged in fistfights and attacked each other with sticks and stones, leaving scores on both sides injured, local media reported. "Our youth should realise the relation between China and India, the two countries are opportunities for each other and pose no threat", he said.

India, however, has been more reticent.

The border clashes are the most serious since India and China were locked in a similar stand-off in the eastern Himalayas that lasted almost three months in 2017.

"Indian troops will not budge an inch from their forward positions but will take care not to unnecessarily provoke the PLA troops as per the laid down protocols between the two sides ... hotline talks are being held at the colonel, brigadier, and major-general levels, but without any breakthrough as yet", the source added.

Previous year he made the dubious claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to "mediate or arbitrate" between India and Pakistan. "If the Modi team acknowledges the incursions, it will come under huge public pressure to evict the encroachers". In New Delhi and Beijing, diplomats have been working toward a peaceful solution as well.

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