Trump Offers To "Mediate" India & China's "Raging Border Dispute" Amid Military Build-Up

Trump Offers To “Mediate” India & China’s “Raging Border Dispute” Amid Military Build-Up

May 28, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

No doubt a huge surprise for both Beijing and New Delhi, locked in an escalating border dispute which in the past days has witnessed a troop build-up in multiple disputed border regions, given the historic difficulty of competing claims along the world’s longest unmarked border, President Trump on Wednesday morning offered to “mediate or arbitrate” between the two Asian powers.

He tweeted he is “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions which are fast being militarized in a situation that FP recently noted could explode into major conflict between two nuclear armed powers.

“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,” Trump said in the early morning tweet.

The surprise offer, more than likely to be rejected considering Washington’s own boiling tensions with Beijing over a host of issues – the latest including Hong Kong – comes on the heels of a top American diplomat for South Asia making provocative remarks siding with India on the contested border issue.

Outgoing State Department official Alice Wells made the provocative statements a week ago at an Atlantic Council event, saying, “There’s a method here to Chinese operations and it is that constant aggression, the constant attempt to shift the norms, to shift what is the status quo.” 

Wells added: “That has to be resisted whether it’s in the South China Sea… or whether it’s in India’s own backyard.”

Trump’s offer also comes after a new White House report laying out a broad strategy on China, accused Beijing of “provocative and coercive military and paramilitary activities” in the region, including Sino-Indian border areas.

Sporadic but fierce clashes have occurred going back to the 1960’s along the shared 2,100 mile border, which often involves literal fist-fights among opposing troops and border patrol guards.

“Thousands of Chinese People’s Liberation (PLA) troops are reported to have moved into sensitive areas along the eastern Ladokh border, setting up tents and stationing vehicles and heavy machinery in what India considers to be its territory,” The Guardian reports Wednesday.

Over the past weekend Indian media began reporting that thousands of PLA troops have now moved into Ladakh’s disputed Galwan river area.

Via Quora
Via Quora

Some Indian media reports have suggested multiple thousands, while a new Business Standard India report goes so far as to claim up to 10,000 Chinese soldiers are now inside India occupying the Galwan Valley while digging into fortified positions.

Regardless, the intensifying border dispute is serious enough to have caught Trump’s attention, meaning a broader conflict or even war could be on the horizon.

via zerohedge

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  1. FOFY286

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    May 28, 2020 @ 9:02 am

    There is no chance of Trump accomplishing anything real. India is adamant and China is determined to eventually access the Bay of Bengal. India can not relent because it is a weakness signal to Pakistan with whom it has a long standing border disagreement. It is also possible that China is using it as a feint to draw attention from other activities. In any event there may be an apparent deal with Trumps intervention but the Chinese would not honor it for long. They would be playing for him to be more ‘reasonable’ in terms of China/US trade by apparent cooperation. It would be very interesting and disturbing if the Indian troops were to come down with something. I doubt that would be the case, it is nasty thinking on my part with no gain to see. It will most likely develop into serious combat in the Bhutan/Myanmar/Burma region and not escalate beyond. Quite possible China will bite a chunk off India in that region, to be a long term contest like Pakistan. If that comes to pass Pakistan and India could have some very serious conflicts/combat. China may be counting on that evolution and sees it as an opportunity to move even closer to the bay. Lots of fuses and possibilities in that area. But the Chinese will only work toward/on Trump if he is involved to gain in the trade relations with the US, even if it is just to invent more concern for the debt distribution or reason to expect China to expropriate US concerns in the country. What is going on may be made a little clearer if the timing of the Chinese buildup is known.

  2. Michael

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    May 28, 2020 @ 3:48 pm

    With the Himalaya snow pack & glaciers melting out, this may be a fight over water resources.
    The CCP has sufficient resources to build large scale desalination projects and plants;
    And, if the CCP has a need for access to the Bengal Bay, they should be required to purchase an easement.

    • FOFY286

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      May 28, 2020 @ 4:54 pm

      An easement is not Chinas style. Eventual control of the peninsula is. Bay + South China sea = large degree of control = eventual absorption.

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