China rejects Donald Trump's offer to mediate in ongoing border tension with India
Beijing/IBNS: China on Friday negated US President Donald Trump's offer to mediate between India and Beijing over the ongoing border dispute.
A Chinese official said both the nations are capable to resolve the issue through dialogue and consultations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was quoted as saying by Times Now: "Between China and India, we have existing border-related mechanisms and communication channels."
"We are capable of properly resolving the issues between us through dialogue and consultation. We do not need the intervention of the third party," he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn't spoken to US President Donald Trump in recent days and their last conversation was on Apr 4 on hydroxychloroquine, officials with the knowledge of the matter have told Hindustan Times, hours after US President reportedly said PM Modi is not in a "good mood" over the rising border tension with China.
Interacting with the journalists, President Trump told the journalists in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday: "They like me in India. I think they like me in India more than the media likes me in this country. And, I like Modi. I like your prime minister a lot. He is a great gentleman."
"They have a big conflict ...India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people (each). Two countries with very powerful militaries. India is not happy and probably China is not happy," he said when asked if he was worried about the over the continuing stand off between India and China.
He then said: "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."
According to media reports, China was the first to adopt an aggressive posturing by sending 6000 soldiers of its People's Liberation Army to four locations in eastern Ladakh region, in the Galwan Valley and one near Pangong Lake.
India is building a bridge near Daulat Beg Oldie, the last military outpost south of the Karakram Pass, which will shorten the delivery time of supplies and weapons to the Indian Army deployed in the region. China is objecting to this move though the construction is within India's own territory, said reports.
Following the Chinese hostilities, India, too, has moved matching troops, capacity and resources to the region, the reports said.
The decision was taken following a high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat were also present in the meeting, the same team that decided on India's response to the 73-day Doklam stand off.