Marking an improvement in relations between India and China after recent incursions by the latter in Ladakh, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) participated in Indian Army’s Flag Day celebrations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Chushul sector on Sunday.
Pointing out that a ceremonial border personnel meeting was held between Indian Army and the Chinese PLA, an Udhampur based Defence ministry spokesman Colonel S D Goswami said that the latter delegation participated in the celebrations “with enthusiasm and gusto”.
“The festivities were marked by saluting the National Flag of India by members of both delegations,” he said, adding this was followed by a ceremonial address by leaders of both the delegations.
They exchanged greetings reflecting the mutual desire of maintaining and improving relations at the functional level on the border, the spokesman said, adding that this was followed. Thereafter, a cultural programme showcasing the vibrant Indian culture and traditional grandeur was organised.
“Both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment,” Col Goswami said, adding that “they parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the Line of Actual Control. Both sides also committed themselves to upholding the treaties and agreements signed between the governments of the two countries to maintain peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control.”