To enhance mutual trust, Indian Army & Chinese PLA set up hotline

The 12th round of India-China Corps Commander level meeting was held on the Indian side at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point.

This round of talks came after the Foreign Ministers of India and the People’s Republic of China met in Dushanbe on 14 July, and the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs had its 22nd meeting on July 25th.

Both sides had an open and transparent discussion about how to resolve the remaining issues connected to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas. The two sides noted that this round of talks was productive which further improved mutual understanding.

Both nations agreed to resolve the remaining issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing protocols by maintaining the momentum of dialogue and negotiations.

Establishing Hotline

To further, enhance the spirit of trust and cordial ties along the borders, a hotline has been established between the Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim, and the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) at Khamba Dzong in the Tibetan autonomous region. The event took place on August 1, 2021, which was PLA Day too.

At the level of ground commanders, both countries’ armed forces have well-established communication mechanisms. These hotlines in several sectors contribute significantly in improving the situation and preserving peace and tranquility at the borders.

The inauguration was attended by the respective Armies ground commanders, and a message of brotherhood and harmony was shared through the Hotline.

Significance of hotlines

In eastern Ladakh, where the two troops are engaged in a standoff, such hotlines have been useful in keeping things under control. Since the standoff began in May 2020, about 1,500 messages have been exchanged at the two hotlines in eastern Ladakh, at Chushul and Daulat Beg Oldie.

The new hotline comes a day after both sides on Saturday held the 12th round of Corps Commander-level talks on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel meeting point.

India has been expecting for a breakthrough in the discussions, which have been locked in a stalemate since the two sides pulled their troops and tanks back from the Kailash Range’s heights and the finger area on the north bank of the Pangong Tso in February.

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