PM Modi had no conversation with Trump over border stand-off with China: Officials

We have seen no recent contact between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, people informed about the developments said.

PM Modi had no conversation

The final time the two leaders spoke was on April 4, when the main topic of the conversation was hydroxychloroquine, an official said, hours after US President Donald Trump appeared to advise that he had spoken with PM Modi in recent days.

They reiterated that India is directly in contact with China to deal with the border stand-off.

Both China and India take part in a stand-off in the Ladakh region along the Brand of Actual Control (LAC). China was to adopt an aggressive posturing by sending 6,000 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) towards the region. The troops are already relocated to four locations in eastern Ladakh – three in the Galwan Valley then one near Pangong Lake. Sources stated that China would like to stop the infrastructure works being done by India from the remote region.

In the middle in the tension is actually a bridge being built by India near Daulat Beg Oldie, the past military outpost south from the Karakram Pass. Once built, it would cut short the delivery time period of supplies and weapons thereby helping Indian Army soldiers.

India too has moved its soldiers in the region, matching China regarding troops, resources and capacity. Many security experts and top government sources stated that India ought not back down from the stand it has taken, and ought to not bring back its troops.

The choice to mobilise the troops was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. National Security Advisor (NSA)? Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and foreign minister S? Jaishankar was a part of that meeting.

This is actually the same team that drafted India’s response in the 73-day Doklam stand-off in 2017.

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