Being the self he is, President Donald Trump, after offering to mediate the issue between India and China in Ladakh, claimed that he had talked with PM Narendra Modi about the same and he is not in a “good mood” over the “big conflict” between the two countries.
He made the statement while interacting with the press at the Oval Office in the White House.
“They like me in India. I think they like me in India more than the media likes me in this country. And, I like Modi. I like your prime minister a lot. He is a great gentleman,” he said.
“They 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,” the president said when asked if he was worried about the border situation between India and China.
India on Wednesday had smartly ignored Trump’s offer to mediate the India-China issue saying that India and China are peacefully engaged in resolving the issue in Ladakh.
“We are engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve it,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said in an online media briefing.
And later when President Donald Trump claimed to have had spoken with PM Modi, adding that he is not in a “good mood”, New Delhi again clarified that India has not had a conversation with Donald Trump.
The last time the two leaders spoke was on April 4. The subject of the conversation was hydroxychloroquine, an official said, hours after US President Donald Trump appeared to suggest that he had spoken with PM Modi in recent days.
All the fuss in Ladakh is about a bridge being built in Daulat Beg Oldie. The same is the last military outpost south of the Karakram Pass. The bridge, once built, will help cut the time taken to supply military essentials to the Army.
Both the countries Armies are now in a stand-off. China has deployed 6000 Army men in the area and so has India replying to China’s aggression.
The decision of standoff comes after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and foreign minister S Jaishankar was part of that meeting.
This is the same team that had planned the 73-day standoff in 2017 in Doklam.