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India, China have come to blows, will try and help them out: Donald Trump
Days after the "violent face-off" between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh, President Donald Trump has said that the United States will try to help the two countries in sorting out their issues.
United States President Donald Trump. (AP)
The United States is talking to both India and China to help them resolve their ongoing border tensions, President Donald Trump said on Saturday.
"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 before boarding Marine 1 on his way to his first post-COVID19 election rally in Oklahoma.
"They've come to blows, and we'll see what happens. We'll try and help them out," Trump said when asked about his assessment of the situation between India and China.
Over the past few days, the entire Trump Administration has rallied behind India against the illegitimate incursions of the Chinese Army into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.
As many as 20 Indian soldiers achieved martyrdom in fierce clashes against Chinese intruders into Galwan Valley in Ladakh early this week. Indians, according to US intelligence sources, killed more than 35 Chinese soldiers during the skirmish.
The United States has accused China of escalating border tension with India and other neighbours by trying to take benefit of these countries' busy fighting coronavirus pandemic.
"The PLA (People's Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world's most populous democracy. It's militarizing the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in a major speech on China a day earlier.