US president Doland Trump has reiterated his offer to mediate between India and China over the border dispute between the two nuclear-armed nations.
Trump has said that he talked with Narendra Modi about the “big conflict” and asserted that the Indian PM is not in a “good mood” over the latest flare-ups.
Speaking with the reporters in the White House on Thursday, President Trump said a “big conflict” was going on between India and China. “I like your prime minister a lot. He is a great gentleman,” the president said.
“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 probably China is not happy,” he said when asked if he was worried about the border situation between India and China.
“I can tell you; I did speak to Prime Minister Modi. He is not in a good mood about what is going on with China,” Trump said.
Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, Trump had offered to mediate between India and China to resolve the border conflict. Trump had tweeted – “ready, willing and able to mediate” between the two countries.
Responding to a question on his tweet, Trump repeated his proposal, saying if called for help, “I would do that (mediate). If they thought it would help” about “mediate or arbitrate, I would do that,” he said.
New Delhi said that it was engaging with Beijing to “peacefully resolve” the build-up along the Line of Actual Control by Indian and Chinese armies. “Our troops have taken a very responsible approach towards border management and strictly followed protocols. They scrupulously follow the guidance provided by our leadership.
While the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not comment on Doland Trump’s mediation offer, an op-ed in the state-run Global Times said both countries did not any help from the US President and even accused of Washington of driving a wedge between New Delhi and Beijing.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday that both China and India have proper mechanisms and communication channels to solve the issues through dialogue and consultations.