India, China Armies celebrate R-Day26 January 2011
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: A border personnel meeting was held between Armies of India and China at Chushul in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir today to celebrate the Republic Day. The tricolour was unfurled at the beginning of the meeting and both Chinese and Indian delegations saluted the national flag, a Defence spokesman said. The meeting was held in an atmosphere of mutual trust and camaraderie with both sides exchanging greetings, he said. 'The Chinese side, led by Senior Colonel Fan Jun, was received by Brigadier Y K Joshi,' the spokesman said. He said both sides agreed to maintain peace, stability and tranquility in the region in consonance with the Border Peace and Tranquility Agreement. 'At the end of the meeting both delegations saluted the tricolor and the Chinese delegation was escorted back to the Line of Actual Control,' the spokesman said. India and China signed the Peace and Tranquility Agreement in 1993 and Confidence Building Measures in 1996. Border personnel meetings in Eastern Ladakh sector are held six times a year between Indian and Chinese military delegations. The meeting assumed significance as recently there had been reports of Chinese incursions and violation of Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. A row has also been going on between India and China over latter issuing stapled visas to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh earlier. Meanwhile, Indo-Pak troops exchanged sweets on the occasion of India's Republic Day at Chakan-Da-Bagh on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch districat and Octroi Post in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura on the International Border (IB). At the behest of Pakistan Army, the two sides met at Chakan-Da-Bagh on Poonch-Rawlakote route at 10 am for about half an hour. Col Umar Gul of 653 Balouch Regiment turned up at Chakan-Da-Bagh along with sweets and fruits and greeted Col V P Christopher, who represented Indian Army, on the occasion of India's Republic Day today. Indian side also handed over sweets and fruits to Pakistan Army. The meeting lasted half an hour. Earlier, sweets were exchanged by the Army officials of India and Pakistan on the occasion of Independence Day of two countries, Diwali and Eid festivals at Chakan-Da-Bagh. This was, however, for the first time that the sweets were also exchanged on India's Republic Day. Chakan-Da-Bagh point is opened every Monday for cross-LoC movement of the civilians and Tuesday and Wednesday for cross-LoC trade. At Octroi Post on the International Border in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura, the Rangers and the Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets. Wing Commander of Rangers Zulfikar Ali along with other officials exchanged sweets and fruits with BSF 193 battalion Commanding Officer Neeraj Dubey, who was also accompanied by other officials.