China rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer

China on Friday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China to end their current border standoff, saying the two countries do not need the intervention of a “third party” to settle their differences.

In a surprise move, Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the raging border dispute between India and China, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions, amid the continuing standoff between the armies of the two Asian giants.

Reacting for the first time to the US president’s offer, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, the two countries did not want the “intervention” from a third party to resolve the current military standoff.

At the Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing on Friday, the spokesman said “China’s position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear”.

“We have been implementing the important consensus reached by leaders of both the countries, observing the bilateral agreements and have been committed to safeguarding territorial sovereignty and security, stability and peace in the border area”, Zhao said.

He reiterated his earlier comment that “Now the overall situation in the China-India border area is stable and controllable”, he said, once again indicating a conciliatory tone amidst the tense situation along the border.