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Donald Trump: ‘The United States is ready, ready to mediate’: Trump in the India-China border confrontation | India News


NEW DELHI: President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States is ready and willing to mediate between India and China amid its growing border clash in eastern Ladakh.

“We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate its border dispute that is now breaking out. Thank you!” Trump said on Twitter.

The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed violently on the night of May 5, which lasted until the next day before the two sides agreed to “withdraw” after a meeting at the level of local commanders.

More than 100 Indian and Chinese soldiers were wounded in the violence. The trigger for the incident was China’s strong objection to the highway India is tracing in the Finger area at Pangong Tso Lake.

Since then, the Chinese military has increased its strength in Pangong Tso Lake, Galwan Valley, Demchok, and Daulat Beg Oldi, and has resorted to “aggressive patrol” in these areas. The Indian army is also carrying out a similar exercise in the region, the sources said.

Several areas throughout LAC in Ladakh and North Sikkim have witnessed significant military build-up by the armies of India and China recently, in a clear sign of mounting tension and the tightening of respective positions by the two parties, even two weeks after being involved in two separate clashes.

However, the foreign affairs ministry has said that all Indian activities were carried out on its side of the border, claiming that India has always taken a very responsible approach to border management. At the same time, he said, India was deeply committed to protecting its sovereignty and security.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday that the situation on the China-India border was “generally stable and controllable.”

In the past, Trump offered to mediate between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, despite New Delhi insisting that it is a bilateral problem.

(With contributions from agencies)

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