US President Donald Trump finally commented amid renewed tension between India and China over what the government called new attempts by Beijing to change the status quo in certain areas in eastern Ladakh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “a friend of mine,” and is a ‘great leader,’ said US President Donald Trump on Friday.
“Prime Minister Modi is a friend of mine and he is doing a very good job. It’s nothing easy but he is doing a very good job. You have got a great leader and you have got a great person,” he told reporters at a media briefing here.
Further speaking about his two-day visit along with First Lady Melania Trump to India in February this year, he added, “We had an incredible time and what we saw that the people are so incredible. It’s an incredible place and country, and it’s definitely big.”
Trump further added that the US is ready to help India as the border stand-off between India and China has been very nasty and that China is certainly going at it.
Briefing the media at the White House, Trump said, “While we’re at it, we’re talking about China and India, (they) are going at it pretty good on the border, as you know. It has been very nasty, “ Donald Trump said, adding, “And we stand ready to help, with respect to China and India”.
“If we can do anything, we would love to get involved and help. And we are talking to both countries about that,” he also said.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers’ meeting in Moscow on Friday. Details of the meeting, however, were not known.
According to a defence source, Mr. Singh and Mr. Wei met in Moscow at 9.30 p.m IST. The Chinese side sought the meeting between Mr. Singh and their Minister on Thursday, a second source informed.
India recently outflanked China by taking control of strategic height near Pangong lake’s southern bank. It thwarted an attempt by the Chinese army to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh.
At least two rounds of Brigade-Commander level talks have taken place ever since China tried to unilaterally change the status quo. Singh is on a three-day visit to Russia to attend the combined meeting of Defence Ministers of SCO.
India and China are engaged in a standoff since April-May over the transgressions by the Chinese Army in multiple areas including Finger area, Galwan valley, Hot springs and Kongrung Nala.
The situation worsened after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops in Galwan valley in June.
The talks between the two sides have been going on for the last three months including five Lieutenant General-level talks but have failed to yield any results, so far.
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