Friday, October 2, 2009

Indian Army Joins Chinese Army's Celebrations

Indian Army officers and soldiers today joined their Chinese counterparts across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Bum La in Arunachal Pradesh to celebrate 60th National Day of China.

The Indian army personnel, along with their families, were invited by the Chinese to join the celebrations, Indian Army officials said.

The event commenced with the Chinese delegation leader welcoming his Indian counterpart Brigadier C P Mohanty, at the 'Heap of Stones' in Bum La.

This was followed by flag hoisting ceremony by the Chinese.

During the occasion, both sides once again reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen friendship and to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border. The Chinese hosted a cultural show depicting the cultural heritage of their country.

The Chinese army officers and soldiers had attended India's 63rd Independence Day celebrations at Bum La in Tawang district which was hosted by the Indian Army. 

Army personnel from both countries meet periodically at Border Personnel Meetings (BPMs) at Bum La which plays a pivotal role in enhancing the bonhomie between the two emerging Asian giants along the Sino-Indian border.

Such meetings are seen as a vital platform for resolving local issues with a view to enhance peace and tranquillity in the sector.

These interactions between the Indian and Chinese armies started initially as flag meetings and later converted into BPM in 1999 after which it became a regular event.

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