Nathu La (Sikkim) :
Armies of India and China today held a meeting at Nathu La in Sikkim sector with an aim to strengthen peace and tranquillity along the Sino-India border.
Special Border Personnel Meeting between India and China was held at Nathu La on Wednesday to celebrate 91st Anniversary of foundation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). On invitation from the PLA, a delegation of Indian Army comprising of officers and soldiers took part in the celebration.
The PLA troops interacted with the visiting Indian delegation and presented a cultural programme comprising several events to celebrate the occasion.
As a gesture of goodwill, the Indian side also reciprocated with traditional cultural events to mark the occasion. Celebrations took place in a very festive environment and provided opportunity to both sides to display their rich culture.
Such interactions between both armies have resulted in promoting mutual understanding and contributed towards achieving common goals of peace and tranquility along the borders.
The meeting between the two armies took place three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held an informal summit in Wuhan in China with an aim to bolster bilateral ties which nosedived in the wake of the Doklam standoff.
“Such interactions between both armies have resulted in promoting mutual understanding and contributed towards achieving common goals of peace and tranquillity along the borders,” the Army said.
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.
Troops of India and China were locked in the 73-day standoff in Doklam since June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army.
Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off ended on August 28.