PM Modi did not converse with Trump on border standoff with China

Clay Curtis
May 30, 2020

At a White House event yesterday, a reporter asked Donald Trump about his concerns regarding border tensions between India and China.

President Trump made the startling claim on Thursday while reiterating his offer to mediate between India and China on what he called a "big conflict" going on between the two nations.

According to reports from Beijing, China too, in a statement on Friday, rejected any USA mediation, saying, "We do not need the intervention of the third party".

Much to everyone's surprise, on Friday morning, the Modi government issued a statement saying that there has been "no recent contact between PM Modi and US President Trump".

Reacting for the offer, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, the two countries did not want the "intervention" from a third party to resolve the current military standoff.

"Both parties have the ability to properly resolve problems between the two countries through dialogue and consultation". "We have existing border-related mechanisms and communication channels between China and India", he added.

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In an embarrassment to the US President, sources here denied his claims of having spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India's military standoff with China in eastern Ladakh. "He's not - he's not in a good mood about what's going on with China".

There has been no contact between PM Modi and Trump in recent time, the source cited above also said. The last conversation between them was on 4 April 2020 on the subject of hydroxychloroquine.

Beijing and New Delhi do not need USA mediation in the border dispute between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Friday.

On his offer two days ago to mediate between India and China, President Trump further said, "I would do that". You know, I would do that. "If they thought it would help" about "mediate or arbitrate, I would do that", he said. I think the Government should make clear to the people of India, what exactly is happening on the border. And I like Modi.

Or more specifically, he made up a discussion with the prime minister of India again. "He is a great gentleman", the President said. "China and India should be good neighbours of harmonious coexistence and good partners to move forward hand in hand", said Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, on Wednesday.

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