According to Chinese state media, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that “China and India have the full potential to resolve their disputes through dialogue and both have a reasonable system for resolving the issue through dialogue.”
According to a report in the official newspaper Global Times, China has turned down an offer of US mediation to ease tensions with India. “Both countries do not need such help from President Trump,” the paper said.
“Both countries should be wary of the United States, which seeks opportunities to undermine peace and brotherhood in the region,” it said.
US President Donald Trump has twice offered to mediate on ongoing border tensions between India and China.
Speaking to media on Wednesday, the US President said in response to a question from an Indian journalist, “I like your Prime Minister very much. He is a good man. There is a big confrontation between India and China. Both are densely populated countries. Both have powerful armies. India is not happy and maybe China is not happy either. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi and whatever is going on with China, he is not in the right mood.
That said, Trump offered to mediate between the two countries. “I can do anything to help, I’m ready,” he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, President Trump took to Twitter to offer mediation between the two countries.
What did India say on the offer of mediation?
The Indian government had on Thursday said it was in talks with China to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing border tensions.
India responded cautiously to Trump’s offer of mediation. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava had said, “We are in touch with China for a peaceful solution.”
According to the Indian news agency PTI, China had also said on Wednesday that “the situation on the border with India is completely stable and under control.”
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, former president of the Congress Party of India, tweeted on Friday that the government’s silence on the situation on the border with China was fueling speculation at a difficult time. The government should come forward and explain and tell the country what is happening.
Why is there tension on the border with China?
The dispute over the Galvan Valley between India and China erupted when India alleged that the Chinese army had set up some tents along the Gulwan Valley.
The Gulwan Valley is located near the Indo-China border between Ladakh and Aksai Chin. Here, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) separates Aksai Chin from India. The valley extends to southern China’s Xinjiang region and India’s Ladakh region.
India then increased its military presence there. On the other hand, China has accused India of making illegal military preparations near the GUL Valley.
Earlier, on May 9, clashes broke out between Indian and Chinese forces in the Nathu La sector of North Sikkim.
At the time, Chinese military helicopters were spotted near the Line of Control in Ladakh. After that, the Indian Air Force also started patrolling the warplanes.
Several rounds of talks at the divisional commander level to end the ongoing tensions between India and China have failed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a high-level briefing on the current situation along the LoC and ongoing tensions with China.
Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the meeting was also attended by National Security Adviser Ajit Dobhal, Chief of Defense Staff General Vipin Rawat and the Chiefs of the three Armies.