The Indian Army on Saturday hosted a delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh on eve of country’s 69th Independence Day.
Earlier this month, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had hosted an Indian Army delegation on the occasion of PLA Day at DBO.
“In the Inaugural Border Personnel Meeting at DBO on the occasion of Indian Independence Day, a PLA delegation took part in the celebrations hosted by the Indian side,” a defense spokesperson said, adding that the Indian Army also hosted the Chinese PLA to a special Border Personnel Meeting at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh.
The spokesperson said that a new Personal Meeting Point was also operationalized at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh in line with the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries in October 2013. “It would go a long way in ensuring peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh,” he said. “This will be the Northern-most meeting point between armies of both countries on the Line of Actual Control near Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO).”
The spokesperson further said that addressing both delegations during the function, the Indian side “extolled the virtues of maintaining peace and stability on the Line of Actual Control.” The Chinese delegation was led by Senior Colonel Liu Geping.
“The celebration showcased the Indian culture and traditions wherein apart from traditional dances and songs, an old form of martial art called ‘Gatka’ was performed by the troops and the ‘Dare Devils’ of the Indian Army Signal Regiment performed acrobatics on their motorcycle,” he said, and added that a Volley ball match was also organised fielding mixed team of both Indian and Chinese troops.
The Chinese delegation participated in all the events with equal Zeal and enthusiasm, he said.