Once again offering to mediate on the border dispute between India and China, US President Donald Trump said that he talked to Narendra Modi about the “big conflict” and noted that the Indian prime minister is not in a “good mood” over the latest developments between the two countries.
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While talking to reporters at the White House on Thursday, Trump said a “big conflict” was going on between India and China.
“I like your prime minister a lot. He is a great gentleman,” the president said.
“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 border situation between India and China.
The "big conflict" that Trump refers to is the situation in eastern Ladakh that deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers engaged in a violent face-off on the evening of May 5 which continued till the next day before the two sides agreed to “disengage” following a meeting at the level of local commanders.
“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,” Trump said.
On Wednesday, Trump gave his offer to mediate between India and China. Trump said in a tweet that he was “ready, willing and able to mediate."
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Previously, Trump had also proposed to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, an offer that was rejected by New Delhi.