India-China Standoff in Ladakh is a “very serious situation,” says Boris Johnson - TNBC UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised India and China to start discussion to resolve their border issues. He described the escalation in eastern Ladakh as a very serious situation and that his country was monitoring the situation closely. 

On Wednesday, the British PM was speaking at his weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, when he discussed the matter. Conservative Party MP Flick Drummond asked Johnson what the dispute between “a Commonwealth member and the world’s largest democracy on the one side, and a state that challenges our notion of democracy on the other” would mean for Britain’s interests.

Johnson described the violence between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh to be very worrying. “Perhaps the best thing I can say is that we are encouraging both parties to engage in dialogue on the issues on the border and sort it out between them,” Johnson said.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs said India and China have been holding talks to de-escalate the tension to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas. United  States President Donald Trump a few days ago said that he was monitoring the situation between the two nations and also offered to mediate between them. 

On June 15, a violent face-off triggered between Indian and Chinese army in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed and there were reports of several casualties for the Chinese troops too. However, China has not published its official number of deaths. The clash was the worst instance of  violence along the Line of Actual Control since 1975.

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