Ahead of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s four-day visit to China to discuss a host of issues, including maintaining peace on the Line of Actual Control (LAC),ceremonial border personnel meetings (BPMs) between the Chinese and the Indian Army were held on Thursday on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of harvest festivals across India.
Parrikar is scheduled to visit China from April 17 and it will be followed by National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit, probably on April 20.
“Ceremonial BPMs on the occasion of harvest festival were held today (Thursday) at the Indian BPM hut in Chushul and at the Indian Meeting Point Hut at Daulat Beg Oldi in eastern Ladakh,” Colonel S.D. Goswami, spokesman of the army’s Udhampur-based Northern Command, told
The delegations were led by Brigadier Rajender Rai in Chushul and by Colonel B.S. Uppal in Daulat Beg Oldi.
The Chinese delegations were led by Senior Colonel Wang Jun Xian in Chushul and Lieutenant Colonel Duan Yu Gangin in Daulat Beg Oldi.
After saluting the national flags, there were ceremonial addresses by delegation leaders who spoke about the mutual desire to maintain and improve relations at the border.
Programmes showcasing Indian culture and traditions were also organised.
“Both sides sought to build on the mutual feeling to uphold the treaties and agreements signed between the governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC,” the spokesperson said.