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Border row: China strikes down third party mediation

Beijing: Stressing that the two neighbors have full-fledged mechanisms and communication channels to iron out their differences via dialogue, China struck down the need for a third party mediation to solve border issues with India.

“Now the situation (at the border) is overall stable and controllable. China and India have a full-fledged border related mechanism and communication channel. We have capability to resolve this issue through dialogue and negotiations. There is no need for intervention of third party,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing.

Zhao’s reaction emerged after Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the situation along the LAC in Ladakh with US President Donald Trump during a phone conversation on Tuesday.

President Trump offered to mediate between the two Asian giants, which was rejected by the latter.

Meanwhile, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh confirmed that a meeting between senior Indian and Chinese military leaders has been scheduled for June 6.

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a nearly month-long standoff in Eastern Ladakh.

Tension in the region started on May 5, when around 200 army personnel from India and China clashed along northern bank of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh.

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