PLA Suggests Indian And Chinese Militaries To Expand Engagement Between Front-Line Units

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New Delhi: People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has suggested that Indian and Chinese militaries should expand engagement between front-line units including training for border guards at each other’s universities. It also suggests opening of a defence hotline between adjacent military regions to “resolutely” ensure that Doklam-like standoffs don’t recur.

Further, the two countries should establish a regular border meeting mechanism for the generals of the respective theatre commands.

Important decisions at the border should be left to the front-line forces, the PLA has suggested in a rare article on Sino-India military ties published this week in the influential PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military.

It further called for “cooperation between navies, increase exchanges of young military officers, promote university, academic, and public affairs exchanges, expand new areas of cooperation, and strengthen cooperation in multilateral frameworks such as the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation)”.

It was jointly written by Zhao Xiaozhuo and Wang Yu from the War Studies College of the Chinese PLA Academy of Military Sciences, and the Joint Service Academy of the Chinese PLA National Defence University.

The article was published under the headline “China-India Military Relations Improve Markedly” in the context of the armed forces’ standoff last year near the Sikkim border.

Border troops were locked in a standoff for 73 days in the Doklam area, known as Donglang in China, near the Sikkim border, which is under China’s control but claimed by Bhutan.

Protracted negotiations between the two countries resolved the problem end of August last year.

“Border disputes such as ‘tent confrontation’ and ‘Donglang event’ have all plagued the development of bilateral relations. Since this year, the relationship between the two militaries has improved markedly with the rapid recovery of China-India relations,” it said.

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