India-China Border Standoff: US Defence Secretary Mark Esper Holds Talks With Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held a telephonic dialog with US Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper to debate the continued tensions between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) close to Ladakh, the Pentagon acknowledged. Also Read – US Charges North Koreans With Laundering at Least $2.5 Billion to Fund Nuclear Weapons Program

The talks between the 2 leaders have been initiated after India alleged that the Chinese navy had infiltrated the borders on the LAC close to Ladakh. The two leaders spoke at size, ranging from their bilateral cooperation in preventing COVID-19 pandemic, to sustaining defence partnership between the 2 nations. Also Read – India-China Border Standoff: After New Delhi, Beijing Rejects Trump’s Mediation Offer; Committed to Peace, Says Chinese Defence Ministry

Giving particulars of the talks between Esper and Singh, the Pentagon stated that the Secretary expressed his agency dedication to India’s management throughout the Indo-Pacific area, the Pentagon stated in a press release. Also Read – US to Announce ‘Certain Decisions’ on China on Friday: Donald Trump

Secretary Esper reiterated his help for a robust and enduring US-India defence partnership and the 2 leaders mentioned methods to advance a number of essential bilateral initiatives, it stated. He additionally expressed his need to go to India on the earliest, mutually-agreeable alternative.

The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday stated India was engaged with China to peacefully resolve the border row, just about rejecting the supply for any third social gathering mediation. China too had rejected it, saying the 2 nations are able to correctly resolving their variations via dialogue and didn’t require the assistance of a “third party”.

Earlier on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump stated he was “ready, willing and able to mediate” between the 2 nations.

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