A special border personnel meeting between India and China, was held at Natu La, Damai and Bumla today to celebrate the 92nd Anniversary of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Foundation day that witnessed interaction between both the armies.
An Eastern Command spokesperson today informed that on invitation from the PLA, a delegation of Indian Army, comprising officers and soldiers took part in the celebrations at various locations along the LAC.
The PLA troops interacted with the visiting Indian delegation and presented a cultural programme comprising of several events to celebrate the occasion.
As a gesture of goodwill, the Indian side also reciprocated with traditional cultural performances to mark the occasion. Celebrations took place in an atmosphere marked by warmth and cordiality and provided opportunity to both sides to display their rich culture.
It may be mentioned that the Eastern Command, Army Commander, Lt Gen. MM Naravane, who has been appointed the next Vice-Chief of the Indian Army, recently on Vijay Diwas said “the differences between India and China concerning the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is gradually dissolving through dialogues between both sides.”
He assured that “the talks for resolving the conflict is on the track and both the countries are in the 23rd or 24th round of talks.”
The Army Commander had further pointed out, “sooner the LAC issue is resolved, the sooner the two large Asian neighbours can overcome the obstacles, moving ahead on the path of progress.
Constant dialogues are though proving to be fruitful to pacify the existing dispute no specific time frame can be set towards the complete solution of the matter.”
He added that “at some point, interests of both countries will converge and we will be able to formally sign an agreement.”
The LAC with China traverses the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian Army and the PLA were involved in a 73-day standoff at Doklam in 2017. The spokesperson highlighted that such interactions go a long way in ensuring better understanding between both armies and have contributed towards achieving common goals of peace and tranquillity along the borders.