We are talking about a disputed border in the Himalayas.
US President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, said he offered to mediate a dispute between India and China over the border in the Himalayas, where the two countries ‘ military personnel accuse each other of illegally entering foreign territory.
“We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing, and able to mediate or arbitrate in their raging border dispute”Trump tweeted.
We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
The standoff arose because India is building roads and runways in the region, trying to compete with China’s “one belt, one road” initiative, which involves infrastructure development and investment in a dozen countries, Indian observers say.
Both countries are building defenses, and Chinese trucks are bringing equipment to the region, raising fears that the dispute is dragging on.
In January, trump offered his help in another flashpoint in the Himalayas- the disputed region of Kashmir, which is claimed by India and Pakistan.
In 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi already rejected a similar offer, and last July, he said that he had never asked Trump to mediate in the Kashmir dispute.
Trump told reporters at the time that Modi had asked him to do so. This was said shortly before the President held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who welcomed the US offer of mediation.
However, the US proposal has caused a political storm in India, which has long opposed any third-party intervention in Kashmir, a predominantly Muslim region that it considers an integral part of the country.