Indian, Chinese army officers meet on PLA Day

The Statesman
Huang Panyue

Source: The Statesman

India-China army meet (Photo: SNS)

The Ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) on the occasion of ‘China’s People’s Liberation Army Day’ was conducted on Wednesday at the Chinese BPM hut of Chushul-Moldo Meeting Point of Eastern Ladakh.

According to a spokesman of the Army, the ceremonial BPM was marked by saluting the National Flags by delegation members.

This was followed by the ceremonial address by both Delegation Leaders which included exchange of greetings and vote of thanks and reflected the mutual desire of maintaining and improving relations at functional level at the border.

Thereafter, a cultural programme showcasing Chinese culture and traditional grandeur was organised.

Both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment. The delegations parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the spokesman added.

A number of steps are being taken to have better communication between the armies of the two countries, expected to exchange a series of high-level visits in the coming weeks.

Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe will visit India in August in a sign of recovering military relations between the two Asian giants.

Diplomatic sources said military commanders and top officials of the two countries were in close touch as part of preparations for Wei’s visit at the invitation of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The visit will take place shortly after Lt Gen Liu Xiaowu, Deputy Commander of the Western Theatre Command of the People”s Liberation Army (PLA), led a border defence delegation to India for talks with Indian military officials.

Sources said the visit of the Defence Minister would be followed by a trip to India by Chinese Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi in October.

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