Indian Army joins PLAs 91st Foundation Day celebration

first_imgDarjeeling: The scene was quite different at Nathula on Wednesday.There was no locking of eyeballs nor a standoff. Instead it was bhangra at 1,426 ft as the Indian Army joined the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to commemorate the 91st Foundation Day of the PLA at Nathula.To mark the occasion, a Special Border meeting between India and China was held at Nathula, the Indo-China border, 56 km away from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.On receiving an invitation from the PLA, an Indian Army delegation comprising officers and soldiers took part in the celebrations at Nathula on Wednesday. The PLA troops interacted with the Indian delegation and presented a cultural programme. As a goodwill gesture, the Indian side reciprocated with traditional songs and dances. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Such interactions between both armies have resulted in promoting mutual understanding and contributed towards achieving common goals of peace and tranquility along the borders,” stated an Army release.Incidentally in the monsoons of 2017, the Chinese and Indian troops had locked eye balls during a 73-day standoff in the strategically located Doklam Plateau, a tri-junction of India-China-Bhutan. Doklam is still seenas a touchy issue.In July 2018, a high-level PLA delegation led by Lt. Gen. Liu Xiaowu, Deputy Commander of the Western Theater Command had visited India including Delhi, Kolkata and the 33 Corps Headquarters at Sukna near Siliguri and held talks with their Indian counterparts.last_img