US Offers to Help Mediate India and China Border Standoff

United States (US) President Donald Trump has offered to help reconcile the growing military tensions between India and China and mediate a standoff in India-China border at the Himalayan border as both of them have accused each other of trespassing over the disputed border. Despite soldiers from both sides camped out in a high-altitude region, the two neighboring countries are likely to prevent third-party involvement and deny Trump’s offer.

Trump’s Offer for US Mediation

Trump said in a Twitter post on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, “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.” While there was no immediate response from either India or China to Trump’s offer, experts analyzed the situation and explained both countries have traditionally opposed any third-party or outside involvement in their matters and are unlikely to accept for US mediation.

As Indian observers said on Tuesday that the standoff at the region was triggered after India constructed roads and airstrips as responses to China’s spreading Belt and Road initiative that involved infrastructure development and investment in the region. The officials continued that both countries were deploying heavy military units and Chinese trucks were moving equipment into the area, which showed concerns about an extended standoff.

In January, Trump had offered a similar approach to “help” the disputed region of Kashmir, a decades-long quarrel between India and Pakistan but New Delhi denied US offer and tackled the issues without the help of the outside power.

Focus on Bilateral Cooperation

China’s ambassador to India, Sun Weidong made a conciliatory note by saying that the two Asian countries should be working together to boost their bilateral relationship and ensure that their differences should not subside the broader interests. He insisted, “We should correctly view our differences and never let the differences shadow the overall situation of bilateral cooperation.”

Speaking in a webinar on China’s experience of fighting COVID-19, Weidong reflected, “We should adhere to the basic judgment that China and India are each other’s opportunities and pose no threat to each other. We need to see each other’s development in the correct way and enhance strategic mutual trust.”

An Indian government source reported that the two neighboring countries have now engaged in talks to discuss the border issue and defuse the ragging military atmosphere. The source added, however, “These things take time, but efforts are on at various levels, military commanders, as well as diplomats.” China insisted India must stop construction near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) or the de facto border while India promised to do its best to stop the border tension by demanding that China must pull back its troops.

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