Chinese Soldiers May Skip Ceremonial Border Meet


New Delhi: The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is unlikely to attend the ceremonial border personnel meeting (BPM) for India’s Independence Day celebrations, held along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh every year, in the backdrop of the ongoing troop stand-off at Doklam.

The invitation for the August 15 ceremonial meeting at the BPM points -Daulat Beg Oldi and Chushul in Ladakh, Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal, and Nathu La in Sikkim – was sent to the PLA but there has been no response till now, said sources. The Army, however, refused to say anything on the matter.

Indian troops had also not crossed over to the Chinese side for the 90th anniversary celebrations of the PLA on August 1, with both sides having militarily reinforced their positions along the LAC after the Doklam crisis erupted in mid-June.

“There are seven-eight occasions in a year that the two armies hold the ceremonial meetings at the different BPM points, which include speeches, cultural performances, exchange of gifts and tea/snacks. But it’s unlikely to take place on Tuesday,” said a source.