After United States President Donald Trump offered to mediate between India and China to ease the escalating border tension at Line of Actual Control (LAC), a United Nations spokesperson said that it is not for them to “venture” on it but urged both parties to avoid any action that would increase the border dispute.
‘India is in talks with China to deal with the most serious military standoff on their disputed border in recent years’, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, sidestepping U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate.
Soldiers from both sides have been facing off in the remote Ladakh region in the Himalayas since early May, accusing each other of trespassing and in recent days they have dug in defences and brought equipment.
Trump recently said in a Twitter post the United States had told India and China that it was ready to arbitrate their “raging border dispute”, the first time he has tried to throw himself into India-China diplomacy.
“We are engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve this issue,” Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava told reporters, responding to Trump’s offer. China has not yet made an official comment.
This is one of the most serious dispute between India and China, who fought a brief border in 1962, were locked in a similar faceoff in the eastern Himalayas that lasted nearly three months back in 2017.
Srivastava said, India wanted peace and stability at the border but would defend its territory.
No matter the talks spread over two decades, the two countries have not been able to settle their 3,500-km border and lay claim to large tracts of remote territory in each other’s possession.
“Our troops have taken a responsible approach towards border management and are following protocols,” Srivastava said.
New Delhi claims Chinese troops have intruded into Indian territory and must withdraw to defuse the crisis and Chinese side wants India to stop all construction activity in the area, saying the whole area is disputed.
Despite ongoing talks between the local military commanders and diplomats, there is no sign of a de-escalation.
Will the current standoff be resolved at the local level – or will it escalate?