India says it’s engaged directly with China

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2020

For the second time in two days, United States President Donald Trump mentioned the ongoing border tensions between India and China, going as far as saying that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unhappy with the country's neighbor. Sources in New Delhi said the late conversation between the 2 took place on 4th April and that was on the issue of hydroxychloroquine.

US President on Thursday said, he "did speak to Prime Minister Modi. The realisation of "Dragon and Elephant dancing together" is the only right choice for China and India, which serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and two peoples", the Chinese envoy added. China says that India must stop the infrastructure work being undertaken in the region.

On Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs made it clear that India is directly in touch with the Chinese side through established mechanisms and diplomatic contacts to resolve the row.

Trump added, "They like me in India".

Trump on Wednesday had confirmed the reports of a "now raging border dispute" between India and China.

The dispute is the most serious since India and China, who fought a brief border in 1962, were locked in a similar faceoff in the eastern Himalayas that lasted almost three months in 2017.

Trump continued, "They have a big conflict ..."

There has been no recent contact between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, the sources said.

"They like me in India".

"India is engaged with Chinese side to peacefully resolve it", Anurag Srivastava, a spokesperson of the foreign ministry, told reporters when asked about Trump's offer.

Not only did Trump confirm the news of the Chinese invasion into Indian territory in Ladakh, but the US President had also offered to mediate between the two countries.

Trump previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, a proposal that was rejected by New Delhi.

On May 5, the Indian and the Chinese army personnel clashed with iron rods, sticks, and even resorted to stone-pelting in the Pangong Tso lake area in which soldiers on both sides sustained injuries.

On both the Western and Eastern sectors, soldiers sustained injuries.

The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long LAC. The two nations have signed several protocols on maintaining peace and tranquility at the border and there are many agreements.

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