In­dian, Chi­nese troops meet at Arunachal, vow to boost ties

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ITANAGAR: A high-level meet­ing be­tween Army of­fi­cials and Chi­nese PLA troops was or­gan­ised on Fri­day at Bumla, near Tawang dis­trict of Arunachal Pradesh, where the two sides reaf­firmed their re­solve to strengthen friend­ship and main­tain peace along the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol.

The 4057-km-long Line of Ac­tual Con­trol sep­a­rates In­dia from China.

The del­e­ga­tions, led by Ma­jor Gen­eral PGK Menon from In­dia and Ma­jor Gen­eral Li Xi Zhong from China, hoisted flags of both the coun­tries and dis­cussed ways to boost the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the neigh­bours, a de­fence min­istry re­lease said.

This was the first time ma­jor gen­er­als of the two coun­tries took part in a bor­der per­son­nel meet­ing (BPM), since its ini­ti­a­tion in 1990, the re­lease said.

On Wed­nes­day, too, the army per­son­nel of the two sides ex­changed greet­ing and gifts on the oc­ca­sion of Di­wali.

The BPM at Bumla was yet an­other mile­stone in the on­go­ing ef­forts by both the na­tions to in­crease in­ter­ac­tions at all lev­els - diplo­matic as well as mil­i­tary channels, the de­fence re­lease said.

Lo­cated at an alti­tude of 15,000 ft and sit­u­ated 42 km North of Tawang town, Bumla is one of the five des­ig­nated venues for BPMS be­tween two of the world’s most mas­sive armies.

Both the del­e­ga­tion ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over the “grow­ing mu­tual trust and har­mony” be­tween the two coun­tries and ex­pressed hope that the Sino-in­dian re­la­tion­ship would only get stronger with time, the re­lease added.

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