US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered to mediate the standoff between India and China. His comments came on May 27 as tensions started escalating between the Indian and Chinese militaries along their disputed border two weeks ago.
Hours before that, Trump had offered to "mediate or arbitrate the raging border dispute between India and China", saying he was "ready, willing and able" to ease the tensions, as the standoff continued at LAC between the armies of the two Asian giants. "Thank you!" said Trump in a message on Twitter.
"We should adhere to the basic judgment that China and India are each other's opportunities and pose no threat to each other".
The focus has since moved to Ladakh region across the border from Tibet.
Thousands of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops are reported to have moved into sensitive areas along the eastern Ladakh border, setting up tents and stationing vehicles and heavy machinery in what India considers to be its territory.More news: YouTube adds chapters to make video navigation easier
The incident in Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in north Sikkim on May 9.
On both the Western and Eastern sectors, soldiers sustained injuries.
According to India Today, an Indian national media, since then the PLA has erected about 100 tents in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh and brought in heavy equipment to construct military bunkers.
Alice Wells, the top US State Department official for South Asia, said last week that China was seeking to upset the regional balance and had to be "resisted".
In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that India was engaged with China to resolve the border issue, in a carefully crafted reaction seen as virtual rejection of President Trump's offer.More news: Christian Singer Jonathan Steingard Says He No Longer Believes in God
"There is a longstanding Himalayan border dispute".
China's actions appear to be a response to India's construction of roads and airstrips adjacent to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which will improve connectivity and enable easier mobility for Indian troops in the area.
Kantha said it was "in the interest of both India and China to keep the situation under control and maintain relative peace".
Pande said Chinese leadership is trying to deviate the world's attention from the pandemic by such aggression on its disputed border with India. China's behaviour is more aggressive this time, backed up by a fairly large number of troops, which is not typical of this border where troop levels tend to be low on both sides. "India has been slow to do that but in the last few years, India has done a lot" of airstrips, all-weather roads, etc.More news: Uttar Pradesh: Monkey snatches blood samples of Covid-19 patients in Meerut