Referring to the present stand-off between India and China, defence minister Rajnath Singh said that both countries have made it clear that they wanted to resolve the problem. Singh also underlined that there was no need for the United States to meditate since the two countries already had a mechanism to resolve problems and it had been set in motion.
US President Donald Trump this week told reporters that he was “ready, willing and able to mediate” between India and China to help resolve tension at the border. The offer has been rejected by foreign ministries of the two countries.
The offer also figured in a conversation between Rajnath Singh and US secretary of state Mark Esper when they spoke last evening.
Rajnath said that he has already told Mark Esper that India and China already had a mechanism that if there is any problem between the two countries, it is resolved by military and diplomatic dialogue. That mechanism is in place and the dialogue is on. The defence minister also pointed to statements from Beijing on similar lines.
Elaborating on India’s policy to have good relations with all neighbours, Rajnath said sometimes, circumstances arise with China that things like this happen. Such incidents have happened in the past as well… Efforts are on to resolve the issue,” he said.
China had earlier this month moved a large number of its troops to four points in Ladakh sector’s Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso area in an apparent effort to browbeat the Indian side to stop border construction projects including a 60-metre concrete bridge being built near Daulat Beg Oldie, the last military post south of the Karakoram Pass.
In response, India’s military also moved in reinforcements to match the Chinese troops and made it clear that New Delhi would not allow any unilateral attempt by China to alter the status quo along the LAC.