India-China standoff: US President Donald Trump has tweeted that the United States of America is willing to mediate in the current state of heightened tension between India and China, in order to diffuse the tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
In his tweet, US President Donald Trump said: “We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you!”
We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
Significantly, since the beginning of this month, Chinese soldiers and Indian soldiers have been face-to-face in Ladakh, there have been reports of increasing number of troops and base from China. In such a situation, India is also fully prepared.
The escalating tension between both Indian and Chinese armies has led to two separate face-offs.
The approximately 3,500-kilometre-long Line of Actual Control is the de-facto border between India and China. India has accused the Chinese side of hindering patrolling by the Indian Army along the LAC in Sikkim and Ladakh and quashed China’s accusations that the Indian troops trespassed across to the Chinese side.
India has always had a very responsible approach towards border management, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said, adding that it was also deeply committed to protecting its sovereignty and security, PTI reported.
The MEA also added that all Indian activities were carried on its own side of the border.
However In the Galwan flashpoint, it was initially reported that China had started moving heavy equipment and troops in the LAC, and had increased patrols in the area creating skirmishes between Indian and Chinese troops.
As a result, India too has mobilised troops and aircraft in the region. In 2017, India and China had engaged in a similar standoff in the Doklam region near the Bhutan border.