Indian and Chinese armies set up hotline for Sikkim sector

NEW DELHI, 1 Aug: A hotline has been set up between the Indian and Chinese armies in the north Sikkim sector to further boost confidence along the line of actual control (LAC) in the region, officials said on Sunday.

The hotline is between the Indian Army in Kongra La, north Sikkim, and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Khamba Dzong in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, they said.

The army said the hotline is aimed at furthering “the spirit of trust and cordial relations along the borders.”

The opening of the hotline coincided with the PLA Day on 1 August, it said. “The armed forces of the two countries have well-established mechanisms for communication at ground commanders’ level,” the army said.

“These hotlines in various sectors go a long way in enhancing the same and maintaining peace and tranquillity at the borders,” it said in a statement.

The inauguration of the hotline was attended by ground commanders of the two sides and a message of friendship and harmony was exchanged, the army said.

The setting up of the hotline came amid a continued standoff between the two armies in a number of friction points in eastern Ladakh. (PTI)