India, China armies meet up

India, China armies meet up

Days after the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, the armies of India and China on Tuesday had a ceremonial border personnel meeting (BPM) in Ladakh to observe Labour Day.

"A special BPM was held at the Chusul-Moldo meeting point on the Chinese side. Such meetings indicate the upward trend of relations between the two great nations and building of trust between the two armies deployed on the border," an army officer here said.

A second engagement between the two border-guarding troops took place in Wacha (opposite to Kibithu) in Arunachal Pradesh, where gifts were exchanged.

At the summit, Modi and Xi had agreed to reduce the tensions along the 3,488 km Line of Actual Control in the Himalayas.

Last year, the two armies had a 72-day stand-off at Doklam, a contentious area near the India-China-Bhutan trijunction.

One of the objectives of the Modi-Xi meet was to improve the level of trust between the two armies. As a consequence of this, some key changes in border patrolling and border management are expected.

The first ceremonial BPM after the Doklam crisis took place on January 26, with two gatherings at Daulat Beig Oldie and Chusul in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

The ceremonial BPM meetings are held at designated locations — at Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh, Daulat Beg Oldi and Chushul in Ladakh and Nathu La in Sikkim — on five days in a year, including the national days of both countries and some other culturally important days.