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China Rejects Trump’s Mediation Offer On Border Tension With India

Areas along the LAC in Ladakh & North Sikkim have witnessed major military build-up by both the India & China recently.

Beijing| The tension between India And China is intensifying with troops from both countries clashing in different areas along the 3,488 kilometre-long disputed border especially, in Ladakh, since May 5.

US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China has been rejected by China as tensions over border disputes continue to rise.

On Wednesday, Trump in a surprise move offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the intense border dispute between India and China, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions, amid the continuing standoff between the armies of the two powers.

On Friday, sources in the Indian government declined that PM Narendra Modi had spoken to Trump after the US president reiterated his mediation offer.

Responding for the first time to Trump’s offer, Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the two nations did not want the “intervention” from a third party to resolve the military standoff.

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“Between us and India we have existing border-related mechanisms and communication channels”, Zhao told a media briefing here when asked about Trump’s offer.

“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.

On May 22, China, the second-largest military spender after the US, hiked its defence budget by 6.6% to $179 billion, almost three times that of India.

(Inputs from PTI)

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