India, China hold border personnel meet at Chusul

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 May 2018 09:36:28



ARMIES of India and China on Tuesday held a Border Personnel Meeting during which both sides resolved to maintain peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control, besides agreeing to work on additional confidence building measures. It was the first such meeting after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held an informal summit last week in the central Chinese city of Wuhan during which they agreed to strengthen strategic communication between the two sides on security-related issues. The BPM took place in Chusul, Ladakh.

It was a ceremonial BPM and issues related to border management were discussed during the meeting, Government sources said. They said the deliberations focused on bringing down tension along the disputed borders and ways to bridge the trust deficit.

In their informal summit, Modi and Xi had decided to issue ‘strategic guidance’ to their militaries to strengthen communication and build trust and understanding between the border guarding forces of the two countries. The decisions came months after Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a 73-day long standoff in Doka La. The sources said the Armies of India and China would undertake a series of measures to bring down tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto boundary between the two countries. They said building trust between the two sides would be a focus area and the measures being contemplated to bring down tension along the border include carrying out ‘coordinated patrols’.

A senior Army official said under coordinated patrol, each side would provide advance information to the other side when a patrolling team goes to a disputed area. They said both the sides will also try to resolve local incidents as per provision of a 2003 agreement to address boundary disputes. Sources said both sides were also working on setting up a long-delayed hotline between the Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and the Chinese officer holding a similar position. The Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) took place on the occasion of Labour Day and troops and their families were part of the celebrations, the sources said. They said both sides also exchanged gifts at Wacha border post in Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh.