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Trump is the only person in Washington who wants India and China to reconcile. Here’s why his plan won’t work

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02.06.2020

As India and China engage in another round of their decades-old border dispute in the Himalayas, Donald Trump could not resist the temptation to offer his services to “mediate and arbitrate” between the two Asian giants.

Trump’s offer fell flat as both Delhi and Beijing immediately made it clear that they did not need mediators. When proposing mediation to India and China, Trump was perhaps inspired by his recent success in bringing about an OPEC deal that ended a brutal oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

If he was able to reconcile such formidable operators as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, why not pull off the same feat with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with both of whom Trump boasts excellent personal relationships?

There are at least two reasons why Trump’s intervention in the Sino-Indian dispute went nowhere. Firstly, it is difficult to be an effective mediator or arbiter in international politics if you don’t have leverage over the parties in question.

You need to be able to provide incentives for the sides to comply with your mediation, or punishments if they don’t. In the Russian-Saudi case, the US wielded a lot........

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