Prime Minister Modi is not in a “good mood” in the border dispute with China: Trump | India News
Interacting with journalists in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, Trump said a “great conflict” was taking place between India and China.
“They like me in India. I think they like me in India more than the media in this country. And, I like Modi. I really like his prime minister. He is a great gentleman,” he said.
“They have a big conflict … India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people (each). Two countries with very powerful armies. India is not happy and China is probably not happy,” said the president when asked if you were concerned about the border situation between India and China.
“I can tell you; I spoke to Prime Minister Modi. He is not in a good mood about what is happening with China,” Trump said.
A day earlier, the president offered to mediate between India and China.
Trump said in a tweet Wednesday that he was “ready, willing and able to mediate” between the two countries.
Responding to a question in his tweet, Trump reiterated his offer, saying that if they asked me for help, “I would do that (mediate). If they thought it would help” about “mediate or arbitrate, I would do that,” he said.
India said on Wednesday it was committed to China to peacefully resolve the border dispute, in a carefully crafted reaction to Trump’s offer to arbitrate between the two Asian giants to resolve their decades-long dispute.
“We are committed to the Chinese side to resolve it peacefully,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, answering a series of questions at an online press conference.
“The two parties have established mechanisms at both the military and diplomatic levels to resolve situations that may arise in border areas peacefully through dialogue and remain engaged through these channels,” he said.
While the Chinese Foreign Ministry has yet to react to Trump’s tweet, which appears to have surprised Beijing, an opinion piece in the state-run Global Times said both countries did not need such help from the president of United States.
“The latest dispute can be resolved bilaterally by China and India. The two countries must remain vigilant about the United States, which takes every opportunity to create waves that endanger peace and regional order,” he said.
Trump’s unexpected offer came one day when China adopted an apparently conciliatory tone, saying that the situation on the border with India is “generally stable and controllable.”
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday that both China and India have adequate mechanisms and channels of communication to solve problems through dialogue and consultation.
Trump previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, a proposal that was rejected by New Delhi.
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 incident at Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident at North Sikkim on May 9.
On May 5, Indian and Chinese army personnel clashed with iron rods, sticks and even resorted to throwing stones in the Pangong Tso Lake area where soldiers on both sides suffered injuries.
In a separate incident, nearly 150 Indian and Chinese military clashed near Naku La Pass in the Sikkim sector on May 9. At least 10 soldiers on both sides were injured.
Troops from India and China clashed in a 73-day clash at the Doklam crossing in 2017, even raising fears of a war between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
The border dispute between India and China covers the Current Line of Control of 3,488 km. China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet, while India disputes it.
Both sides have been asserting that, pending the final resolution of the boundary problem, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.
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