Indian and Chinese armed forces held a ceremonial border personnel meeting in eastern Ladakh and committed to uphold peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The meeting comprising delegations of Indian Army and ITBP on the Indian side and People's Liberation Army on the Chinese side, was held on August 15 marking India's Independence Day, PRO, Defence, Udhampur-based Northern Command, Col S D Goswami said.
"Both sides reiterated their commitment in upholding the protocols and agreements signed between the two countries and acknowledged that the peace and tranquility which prevails along the Line of Actual Control should be further strengthened and stabilised," Col Goswami said. The celebrations, which began with the hoisting of the national flag at the BPM Hut, included cultural and entertainment shows and sports events, and lasted for approximately four hours, the officer said, adding that the event symbolises growing peace, confidence and desire of establishing tranquility along the borders.
"Participation of Chinese delegation in India's Independence Day celebrations is a gesture which will further foster friendly relations between India and China and build up mutual trust and confidence," he said. A similar ceremony was held on the Chinese side on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Day, August 1, 2014, Col Goswami said.