Chinese troopers dance to Bollywood tunes, mesmerise Army

Chinese troopers dance to Bollywood tunes, mesmerise Army

At a time when National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is visiting Beijing to strengthen Sino-Indian ties, troopers from both countries posted along the Arunachal border are raising a toast to new tunes of bonhomie.

China’s Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) troopers reached out to their Indian counterparts in a New Year border meet by dancing to the tunes of A R Rehman’s “Jai Ho” and “Ankhe Khuli Ho Ya Ho Bandh,” a hit song from Shahrukh Khan’s  “Mohabbatein”. The gesture left the Indian side surprised since it was part of the routine New Year border meet between the two armies on January 1 at Chengdu Province in China, bordering eastern Arunachal Pradesh.

“This time the meeting was marked by novelty. After paying respect to the National Flags and playing of National Anthems, the Chinese soldiers surprised and enthralled the audience by their performance of Hindi Bollywood songs. The Chinese women soldiers performed a scintillating dance to the rendition of the group songs by Chinese men,” Guwahati-based Defence spokesperson Lt Colonel Suneet Newton stated in a press release.

Army sources said this was a bid to soften the strained relations on the Sino-Indian frontier after a series of incursions in the past few years, which the Chinese, who are otherwise known to be introverts, decided to turn a routine new year Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) into a fun-filled affair.

“The meeting was held at the Chinese hut at Damai of Zayu Garrison in Chengdu Province of the neighbouring country, bordering eastern Arunachal Pradesh, a state that China lays claims. The Chinese delegation was led by Senior Colonel Hu Xiao Bao and the Indian Army delegation was led by Brigadier S S Bhogal. The meeting and performance of the cultural programme by both the delegates showcased the ever growing bonhomie and brotherhood amongst the armies,” Lt Colonel Newton added.

Another BPM was held on January 1 at Bumla, in the remote Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The Pipe and Jazz Band of the Indian Army Battalion mesmerised their Chinese counterparts, sources further added.

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