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India And China On High Alert Over ‘Raging Border Dispute,’ Trump Offers To Mediate

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India and China are on high alert as tensions over a disputed border escalated this week, when China moved thousands of troops to the border and expanded a nearby military air base. In response, India stationed several battalions in “operational alert areas” along the border.

Satellite imagery published by Indian media company NDTV shows the renovated air base housing Chinese combat aircraft and equipment.

The military buildup in the border region of Ladakh comes after two skirmishes took place earlier this month left more than 100 soldiers on both sides injured, according to The Guardian. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with senior military officials Tuesday in order to discuss the appropriate response to China’s military buildup.

The disputed border is located near the Himalayan mountains and has been heavily contested by India and China for decades. The two countries went to war because of the territorial dispute in 1962, and India has also gone to war with Pakistan over the same area. Last year, tensions over the border led to Pakistan shooting down Indian fighter jets that flew over contested airspace.

In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, a Chinese soldier stands guard on the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China. When the two Asian giants opened the 4,500-metre-high (15,000 feet) pass in 2006 to improve ties dogged by a bitter war in 1962 that saw the route closed for 44 years, many on both sides hoped it would boost trade. Two years on, optimism has given way to despair as the flow of traders has shrunk to a trickle because of red tape, poor facilities and sub-standard roads in India's remote northeastern mountainous state of Sikkim. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP via Getty Images)

In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, a Chinese soldier stands guard on the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump entered the fray Wednesday, tweeting that he had informed both India and China of his willingness to mediate the border dispute.

Trump has offered to mediate border disputes in the region before. After tensions rose between India and Pakistan in 2019, the president attempted to provide American assistance to both countries, although at the time Modi rejected third-party involvement. (RELATED: Pakistan To Release Indian Pilot As Nuclear Powers Step Back From The Brink)

As the two nuclear powers face off in one of the most militarized regions in the world, it remains to be seen if either India or China will take the president up on his offer to mediate the “raging border dispute.”