Indian and Chinese soldiers held ceremonial border personnel meetings (BPM) in Ladkah to mark India’s 69th Republic Day on Friday, 26 January.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to uphold peace and agreements signed between the two countries.

The meetings were held at Daulat Beigh Oldi (DBO) and Chusul sectors in the Ladakh region.

Both Chinese and Indian troops participated in the Republic Day ceremony and saluted the Indian national flag.

Ceremonial address by the delegation leaders was held.

“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),” an official statement said.

Ceremonial BPMs between India and China are held on the national days of the respective countries at five points – Daulat Beg Oldie in northern Ladakh, Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh, Chusul in Ladakh, Bum-La near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and Nathu-La in Sikkim.

During the Doklam standoff, China did not respond to India’s call for a meeting on 15 August 2017.