US President Trump Calls Indo-China Border Flare-Up ‘Nasty’, Reiterates Mediation Offer

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India and China have been engaged in a standoff at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern Ladakh sector since late April which saw its climax on 15 June with a bloody skirmish between the armies of the two countries in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives.

US President Donald Trump has called the ongoing tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh between India and China a “very nasty” situation and reiterated his offer to mediate in the border dispute

“And we stand ready to help, with respect to China and India”, Trump added.

Trump offered to act as a mediator in the dispute in June too when a bloody clash between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army broke out on 15 June that resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers.

Calling the situation very tough, Trump said at the time, “We’re talking to India. We’re talking to China. They’ve got a big problem there”.

Trump’s second offer to step in comes at a time when, according to New Delhi, fresh attempts have been made by the Chinese Army to unilaterally alter the status quo by occupying high-altitude regions at certain points in Pangong Lake in the Ladakh sector overnight on 29-30 August and 31 August.

According to the Indian Army, New Delhi took pre-emptive measures and foiled attempts by the Chinese Army to occupy strategically important heights in the area of the lake. After China’s alleged move, Indian Army Chief MM Naravane said, “The…

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