Post Doklam, diplomacy between India and China has been on fragile issue, and to fortify the friendly relationship between the armies of both countries, a high-level Chinese People’s Liberation Army delegation has arrived to India.
In June 2017, the Indian and Chinese army were locked for 73 days over territorial disputes at the Doklam tri-junction region that is situated on borders of India, China and Bhutan. The Doklam standoff had led to the annihilation of the hand-in-hand military exercise at the Indo-Chinese borders, ending up with bitter relations between the two nations. It took a number of high-level meetings on military as well as diplomatic levels to resolve the dispute and acquire normalcy at the international border; including an informal summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and China’s president Xi Jinping to strengthen the relations of the nations.
Rooted by the informal summit, a meeting between a 10 member Chinese delegation led by Lt Gen Liu Xiaowu, the Deputy Commander of Western theatre Command and a team of higher officials of Indian army let by Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, the Indian Army Vice chief was conducted. The meeting was intended to resume the military contracts, during which, a team of 10 high-level members of China’s People’s Liberation Army arrived in India to build trust and will remain here until July 6. The delegation is about to meet Eastern Command of the Army and interact with senior officials at the headquarters of 33 Corps.
According to an army official, leaders of India and China “reaffirmed the need to strengthen bilateral ties” which is why the high level Chinese Army delegation led by Lt Gen Liu Xiaowu has arrived. Several talks and meetings are to be arranged at Sukna, and the Indian delegation there will be represented by Lt Gen Pradeep M Bali; after which, they will leave for Kolkata on 5th of July, at army’s Eastern command headquarters. Months after the bitter standoff, the move to revive and strengthen the ties is more than welcomed, perhaps in the name of peace.