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Ind, Chinese armies decide to improve ties at functional level

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Border officials of the Indian and Chinese armies today resolved to improve ties at the functional level as they met on the occasion of New Year at the world's highest border personnel meeting point.

"On the occasion of New Year, a ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) was conducted first time today at Chinese Temporary Meeting Point at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) - Tianwendian (TWD), which is the world's highest-established BPM point," said Udhampur-based defence spokesman Col SD Goswami.

While the Indian delegation today was led by Colonel Rinchen Dorje, the Chinese side was under Colonel Song Zang Li.

The ceremonial meeting was marked by a salute to the flag of China followed by the ceremonial address by Dorji and Song and also saw exchange of greetings, wishes and a vote of thanks.

"Both sides reflected a mutual desire to maintain and improve relations at the functional level at the border," Col Goswami said, adding that the interaction today was held in a free, congenial and cordial environment.

"The delegations parted amidst feelings 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 agreements signed between the governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC," Col Goswami said.

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First Published: Sat, January 02 2016. 15:57 IST