Govt must come clean and tell exact border tension with China, says Rahul Gandhi

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday urged the Central government to clarify the border situation between India and China.

 

He stated that the "government's silence" over the matter with the neighbouring country is fueling massive speculation and uncertainty at a time of crisis. 

"The Government's silence about the border situation with China is fueling massive speculation and uncertainty at a time of crisis. GOI must come clean and tell India exactly what's happening. China India Faceoff," Gandhi tweeted.

On Wednesday US President Donald Trump tweeted that he is "ready, willing and able to mediate" between India and China. He offered mediation in the "raging border dispute" between New Delhi and Beijing. 

When asked over ties between India and China at the White House press briefing on Thursday, the US President had said:

"They have a big conflict going with India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people. Two countries with very powerful militaries. And India is not happy, and probably China is not happy."

Reiterating his offer to mediate between India and China on the border issue, Trump said that he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is not in "good mood" about the ongoing situation with Beijing. India reiterated that they will resolve the issue bilaterally.

Mean time, a source from the Ministry of External Affairs  on Friday said that there has been no recent contact between Prime Minister Modi and the US President over the Ladakh and China issue.

The last conversation between them took place on April 4, 2020, on the subject of hydroxychloroquine.

The clarification came after Trump said in Washington that he spoke to Modi over India's ongoing border row with China in Eastern Ladakh.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also said that India remains committed to the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and also remains firm in its resolve to ensure sovereignty and national security. 

On Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs made it clear that India is directly in touch with the Chinese side through established mechanisms and diplomatic contacts to resolve the row.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: PTI

 

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