China rejects Trump’s offer to mediate a border confrontation with India | India News
In a surprise move, Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the furious India-China border dispute, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease tensions amid continued clash between the armies of the two Asians. . giants
Reacting for the first time to the offer of the President of the United States, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, the two countries did not want “intervention” by a third party to resolve the current military confrontation.
“Between China and India we have communication mechanisms and channels related to the border,” Zhao said at a press conference here when asked about Trump’s offer.
“We are able to adequately solve the problems between us through dialogue and consultation. We do not need the intervention of a third party, “he said.
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“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 tweeted on Wednesday.
He reiterated his offer Thursday while speaking to reporters at the White House.
Responding to a question in his tweet, Trump renewed his offer and said 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 questions at an online press conference.
President Trump previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, a proposal that was rejected by New Delhi.
In a briefing by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday, the spokesman said, “China’s position on the China-India border issue is consistent and clear.”
“We have been implementing the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries, observing the bilateral agreements and we have committed ourselves to safeguarding territorial sovereignty and security, stability and peace in the border area,” said Zhao.
He reiterated his earlier comment that “the overall situation in the China-India border area is now stable and controllable,” he said, indicating once again a conciliatory tone amid the tense situation along the border.
Several areas along the Current Line of Control 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 hardening positions. respective by the two sides, even two weeks after they were engaged in two separate confrontations.
India said the Chinese army was hampering the normal patrolling of its troops throughout LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim and strongly contested Beijing’s claim that the growing tension between the two armies was triggered by invading Indian forces on the Chinese side. .
India 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 towards managing the border. At the same time, he said, India was deeply committed to protecting its sovereignty and security.
MEA spokesman Srivastava said Thursday that India is committed to the goal of maintaining peace and tranquility along the Current Line of Control and that Indian troops take a very responsible approach to managing the border.
“The two sides 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 at an online news conference.
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.