Trump offers to mediate 'raging' India-China border dispute

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

Thank you, ' Trump had tweeted on Wednesday.

China extended reconciliatory messages to India after the USA requested for an immediate online UN Security Council meeting to discuss a new legislation for Hong Kong to crush all dissent.

"China and India should be good neighbours of harmonious coexistence and good partners to move forward hand in hand".

To subdue the anger in Delhi and Beijing, China on Wednesday said that the situation at the border with India is "overall stable and controllable", and both the countries have proper mechanisms and communication channels to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultation.

China was among the handful of countries to strongly condemn the move, raising it at global forums including the UN Security Council.

Two weeks ago several Indian and Chinese troops were hurt during fistfights and stone-throwing in another sector.

Alice Wells, the the top US State Department official for South Asia, said last week that China was seeking to upset the regional balance and had to be "resisted".

On May 5, the Chinese side took offence to the construction of a road by India on its own side in the Pangong Tso Lake area beside another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

India and China fought a war over India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in 1962.

Despite talks spread over two decades, the two countries have not been able to settle their 3,500-km border and lay claim to large tracts of remote territory in each other's possession.

Chellaney said that China is seeing the pandemic as an opportunity for its expansionist agenda.

The MEA spokesperson did not reply to questions like whether the United States had approached India with the offer, whether New Delhi has communicated its response over it to Washington or whether the Trump administration has been briefed about the current standoff between Chinese and Indian soldiers in eastern Ladakh. Indian defence sources say Chinese forces have moved into Indian territory at four points.

Diplomatic and military observers said both sides seemed to be digging in for another long face-off.

On Tuesday India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, held a meeting with his national security adviser, Ajit Doval, plus his chief of defence staff and three security chiefs to discuss "bolstering India's military preparedness to deal with external security challenges". There was also a tense face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in north Sikkim earlier this month.

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