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India, China armies hold border meeting

Guwahati: Border Personnel Meeting between Indian and Chinese border troops was held on the Chinese side near Bum La in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Chinese border troops, opposite the Kameng Sector, invited Indian Army officers and their families on the occasion of China's 63rd National Day on 1 October on the Chinese side across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a defence press release said in Guwahati today.

Increasing bonhomie. Reuters

Border personnel meetings (BPMs) at Bum La play a pivotal role in enhancing the bonhomie between the two countries along the India-China border and is a vital platform for resolving local issues with a view to enhance peace and tranquility in the sector.

These interactions between the Indian and Chinese armies started initially with a flag meeting and later transformed into Border Personnel Meeting on 30 May 1999, becoming a regular event since then.

The last border personnel meeting at the Maitrey Sthal on 15 August was hosted by the Indian Army which contributed significantly in further cementing the mutual trust, confidence and friendship between the two countries.

The Chinese have been reciprocating by inviting Indians every year on their National Day.

The celebrations commenced with the Chinese delegation leader welcoming the Indian delegation leader at the Heap of Stones in Bum La which was followed by flag hoisting ceremony by the Chinese with both sides reaffirming their resolve to strengthen friendship and to maintain peace and tranquility along the border, the release stated.

The Chinese counterparts hosted a cultural show depicting the rich cultural heritage of their country.

PTI