BPMs held along Sino-India border

BUMLA, Aug 16: A border personnel meeting (BPM) was held between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Bumla in Tawang district on 15 August.
The delegations were led by Tawang Brigade Commander Brig MP Singh from the Indian side and Senior Colonel Wu Guo Hua from the Chinese side.
In the last 28 years, the BPM mechanism has evolved into a vital platform for resolving local issues and fostering mutual confidence between the armies of the two countries, with a view to enhance peace and tranquility in the sector.
Meanwhile, Kepang La in Siang valley of Arunachal Pradesh has become the newest location to host a border personnel meet (BPM) between the Indian Army and PLA troops on 15 August.
The IA delegation was led by Col Manish Joshi and the PLA delegation was led by Col Chen Sau Feng.
The delegations welcomed the opportunity for opening of the new location to allow for a better contact process to resolve any issues in times to come.
“Both sides affirmed their resolve to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation for maintaining peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control,” said a defence statement.
Meanwhile, another BPM was held at Kibithu in Anjaw district, on the Indian side of the LAC, to celebrate the 72nd Independence Day of the country.
The Kibithu-Damai border meeting mechanism was started as a confidence-building measure to resolve local boundary issues, and has been instrumental in maintaining peace and tranquility along the LAC since 2014. (With DIPRO input)