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Indian, Chinese troops meet on Independence Day

PTI  Guwahati, August 16, 2013
First Published: 15:04 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 15:16 IST(16/8/2013)

A special Border Personnel Meeting between India and China was held to celebrate Independence Day at the historic 'Maitri Sthal' at the Bum La pass in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

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A large contingent of Chinese army personnel along with their families came over to the Indian side of the border as part of the special Border Personnel Meeting (BPM).

A large number of civilian visitors from both sides also came to witness the Independence Day celebrations, which included a grand cultural programme depicting the rich cultural diversity of India, a defence press release said on Friday.

Despite the language barrier, people from both sides interacted with each other in a friendly and cordial environment and cheerfully posed for photographs on the special occasion.

The BPMs between the two armies serve as a vital platform for resolving local issues and fostering confidence amongst the two nations with a view to enhance peace in the sector.


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