Chinese and Indian Defense Ministers Meet with United States Willing to Help

  • After the conflict in June, both China and India deployed more military forces along the border.
  • US President Trump expressed his willingness to intervene on the China-India issue.
  • Chinese and Indian armies clashed again on the Himalayas border.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe and Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh met in Moscow on Friday to try to resolve the growing tension between China and India. In June of this year, the two countries broke out a continuous military conflict at the border, killing at least 20 Indian soldiers.

China’s Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe

Against the background of tensions in China-Indian relations and escalating border conflicts, the Chinese and Indian defense ministers met on Friday during the SCO meeting. At the same time, US President Trump expressed his willingness to intervene on the China-India issue.

This is the first high-level contact between the two sides since the conflict broke out on the border between China and India. However, neither of them disclosed the specific details of the meeting. The Indian Ministry of Defense revealed on Twitter that the meeting lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes.

They met during the meeting of the defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow. The Associated Press reported that Singh said: “Regional peace, stability, and security require trust, non-aggression, mutual respect, and peaceful resolution of differences.”

According to a report from the Chinese state media Xinhua News Agency, Wei Fenghe said that the two sides should focus on the overall situation of China-Indian relations and regional peace and stability, work together and meet each other halfway, and promote the current situation to cool down as soon as possible and maintain peace and tranquility in the China-Indian border area.

He also pointed out that the recent relations between the two countries and the armed forces have been severely affected by the border issue. The cause and truth of the current tension on the border between China and India are very clear, and the responsibility lies entirely with India. China’s territory cannot be lost, and the Chinese military is fully determined, capable, and confident to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Not long ago, the Chinese and Indian armies clashed again on the Himalayas border. The two sides accused each other of initiating the latest wave of conflict. The Indian Defense Minister stated that the Chinese troops launched provocative military operations in the border areas on August 29, with the intention of changing the status quo of the border.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army said that India’s action on August 31, severely violated China’s territorial sovereignty and demanded that India immediately withdraw its troops.

Rajnath Singh is an Indian politician serving as the Defence Minister of India. He is the former President of Bharatiya Janata Party.

After the spread of the dispute between China and India, the US State Department also stated that the United States is currently paying close attention to the matter and called on both sides to resolve the conflict in a peaceful manner.

US President Trump said on Friday that the United States is willing to help India and China resolve their disputes. Trump told reporters that the situation was “very bad” and the attitudes of the two countries on the matter were “stronger than many people know.”

After the conflict in June, both China and India deployed more military forces along the border. A U.S. government source told Reuters in Washington that the assessment result is that China and India are unwilling to push the dispute to the point of the war.

When asked about the China-Indian conflict at the White House press conference, Trump said that Washington is in dialogue with the two countries to discuss easing the situation: “It’s a very tough situation. We’re talking to India. We’re talking to China. They’ve got a big problem there,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump has previously expressed willingness to mediate on the China-India issue. China stated that there is no need for a third party to mediate, and India is also indifferent to this.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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