India invites China for DGMO-level talks

India invites China for DGMO-level talks

India has proposed a meeting between its Director General Military Operations (DGMO) and his Chinese counterpart to work out effective ways to avert or deal with incursions across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh on Monday said an invite for the talks has been sent to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China. He also said the Indian Army was in the process of raising the new Mountain Strike Force according to a well laid out plan.

The new corps was being raised to enhance the Army’s ability to respond to any eventuality along the country’s border with China.

The invite for the DGMO-level talks was sent in keeping with the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed by New Delhi and Beijing on October 23 last year.

 Article III of the BDCA provides for “periodic meetings between officers of the relevant military regions of China and Army Commands of India and between departments responsible for military operations”.

China does not have a DGMO, but a Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA was likely to visit New Delhi for the talks. The BDCA was signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Beijing, just a few months after an incursion by PLA soldiers.

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