U.S President Donald Trump has recently revealed that he spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the China issue. For the past couple of months, there has been high tension between India and China across the LAC. The Chinese have built about 140 outposts along the LAC. Chinese President Xi Jinping has also ordered his troops to prepare for any situation that may arise.
In the midst of all this, Trump has claimed that he spoke to PM Modi regarding the ongoing China issue. He followed it by saying that the PM is not in a good mood about the whole China situation. This is what the POTUS said in his statement:
“They have a big conflict going on between India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people. But I can tell you, I did speak to PM Modi on the current situation. He’s not in a good mood about whats going on with China.”
President Trump has offered to help mediate or arbitrate the ongoing situation between India and China. Though the latter’s stance on China is an aggressive one, he has provided to act as a mediator amidst the crisis.
Indian Govt Has Denied President Trump’s Claim
India has made it clear that Trump’s remarks about a conversation with their PM and his reference to the PM not being in a good mood may be out of place. The officials have also pointed out that the two leaders have not spoken since April 14, 2020. For the second straight day, India has distanced itself from a Trump statement.
On Thursday (28/5/2020), the Indian Government said that Trump’s mediation offer was not needed. The brush off after Trump’s bid to insert himself into a high stakes boundary dispute did not seem to dampen his spirits. The U.S President told journalists on Friday (29/05/2020) that he spoke to PM Modi and that the PM is not in a good with the China situation.
However, Indian officials were quick to point out that the last time Trump and Modi spoke on the phone was on April 4. The conversation that took place on April 4 was regarding the U.S asking India to ease to ban imposed on Hydroxychloroquine exports. In other words, there have been NO recent engagements between the PM and the U.S President.