April 2016 News

India, China Army Comdrs Call For Peace Along LAC

14 April 2016
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: As Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval prepared to leave for China to strengthen bilateral ties especially defence cooperation between the two nations, Sino-Indian military officials met at two places in Eastern Ladakh sector and reiterated their commitment to maintain peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Top military commanders of Indian Army and People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China met at Chushul and Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO), the Border Meeting Point (BMPs) between the two nations in Eastern Ladakh sector this morning and called for peace and tranquility along the LAC and resolving the local issues of transgressions and others on spot by holding regular contacts. 'India and China sought to build on mutual feeling to uphold the treaties and agreement signed between the Governments of two countries from time to time to maintain peace and tranquility along the LAC,' Defence spokesman (MoD) Col SD Goswami told the Excelsior. He said Brigadier Rajender Rai led the Indian delegation in Chushul BMP and Col BS Uppal at DBO. The PLA of China was represented by Senior Col Wang Jun Xian at Chushul and Lt Col Duan Yu Gangin in DBO. Official sources said the Sino-Indian military officials decided that any issue of transgressions by either side or any other concerns of mutual interests would be addressed by the two countries at the BMPs in Eastern Ladakh sector on spot before the issues flare up. 'There was unanimity among the Army officials of the two countries that they should hold regular contacts at the BMPs to resolve the issues, if any, between them and address problems of the people,' they said. Only yesterday, the people of village Demchok, falling close to LAC with China, had held massive demonstration demanding that they should be permanently settled elsewhere as the Chinese Army continued to raise objections to any kind of constructions. The PLA was objecting to laying water pipes from a spring at Demchok. The Sino-Indian meeting at Eastern Ladakh came just few days before three significant meetings between leadership of the two countries. While Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is visiting China on three days visit from April 18 to strengthen bilateral defence ties between the two countries especially military cooperation and boundary agreement etc, NSA Doval was also scheduled to visit Beijing and meet his counterpart and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her counterpart Wang Yi on April 18 during trilateral talks at Moscow in Russia. Sources said India will take up the issue of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at all levels with China. It may be mentioned here that China had opposed declaration of Azhar as international terrorist at the United Nations, a move proposed by India. India had taken strong exception to the Chinese move. Meanwhile, both the Armies agreed to uphold the treaties and agreements signed between the Governments of the two sides during their meetings at Chushul and DBO Border Meeting Points. The meetings were held on the occasion of 'harvest festival'. 'The delegation parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the LAC. 'Both sides also sought to build on the mutual feeling to uphold the treaties and agreement signed between the Governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquility along the LAC,' sources said. The ceremonial border personal meeting was marked by saluting the National flags by both the delegation members. It was followed by the ceremonial address by both delegation leaders which was composed of exchange of greetings and wishes and reflected the mutual desire of maintaining and improving relations at functional level at the border, they said. Both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment, they added.