Jammu: 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 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on the Indian side and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on the Chinese side, was held on 15 August marking India’s Independence Day, pubic relations officer (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 Day, 1 August 2014, Col Goswami said.

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