While the Indian delegation was led by Major General PGK Menon, the Chinese side was headed by Major General Li Xi Zhong

Bumla (Tawang): Stressing on the need for strengthening friendship and maintaining peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a first-ever Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) at the Major General level was held between the Indian Army and Chinese PLA troops in Bumla, Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.

Located at an altitude of 15,000 ft and situated 42 km north of Tawang, Bumla is one of the five designated BPM venues between two of the world’s largest armies. The delegations were led by Major General PGK Menon as delegation leader and Brig Zubin Bhatnagar as deputy delegation leader from the Indian side and Major General Li Xi Zhong from the Chinese side.

The meeting included the hoisting of national flags followed by an interaction in which both sides reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen friendship, maintain peace and tranquility along the LAC. The meeting was the first one to be conducted at the Major General-level between two Asian giants since the inception of BPMs at Bumla in 1990.

Both the delegation leaders expressed satisfaction over the growing mutual trust and harmony between the two countries and were sanguine that the Indo-China relationship would grow stronger in future at all the levels. This meeting at Bumla was yet another milestone in the ongoing effort by both the nations to increase interactions at all levels of diplomatic as well as military channels.

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