China rejects Trump's mediation offer on border issue with India’
New Delhi : China has straight away rejected Donald Trump's offer to mediate between India and China amid rising tension over border dispute. "China and India are capable of properly resolving the issues through dialogue and consultation," the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
Donald Trump had offered to mediate claiming he was ready, willing and able to ease the tensions between two Asian giants.
Reacting for the first time to the US President's offer, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the two countries did not want the "intervention" from a third party to resolve the military standoff.
"Between China and India we have existing border-related mechanisms and communication channels," Mr Zhao told reporters. "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.
In recent days, major military from both the Indian and Chinese side have gathered in several areas along the Line of Actual Control or LAC in Ladakh and North Sikkim.
India has said the Chinese military was hindering normal patrolling by its troops along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim, and strongly refuted Beijing's contention that the escalating tension between the two armies was triggered by trespassing of Indian forces across the Chinese side.
The Foreign Ministry has said all Indian activities were carried out on its side of the border, asserting that India has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management.