New Delhi, October 1: Over a month after both India and China had withdrawn its troops from Doklam it seems that a distinct chill between the rivals still remains. The two armies did not hold their traditional border personnel meeting (BPM) at the five designated places along the 4,057 km long Line of Actual Control to mark China’s 68th national day on Sunday, as it is a norm followed every year. Also Read - India's COVID Tally Surpasses 53 Lakh-mark, Deaths Stand at 85,619; 5 Worst-hit States Report High Level of Recoveries | Key Points
“The People’s Liberation Army didn’t invite us for the ceremonial meeting at the five BPM points – Chusul and Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh, Kibithu and Bum La in Arunachal and Nathu La in Sikkim – on October 1,” Times of India quoted a source. Also Read - Brucellosis Outbreak in China Affects Over 3000 People: Know All About This Highly Contagious Disease
There has been “no forward movement” on the 7th edition of the annual “Hand-in-Hand” exercise between the Indian Army and the PLA, which was supposed to be held in China this month. “The exercise is unlikely this year,” he added. Also Read - Schools Reopening From Monday | What Back to Classes Might Look Like Amid Pandemic
Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a tense border stand-off for over two months at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction, but on the afternoon of August 28, both China and India agreed for expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site.
In one year, there are seven to eight occasions in a year when two armies hold the ceremonial meetings at the different BPM points, which included speeches, cultural performances, exchange of gifts and tea, as a confidence-building measure.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh who celebrated Dussehra with Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans on Saturday said that the deadlock in Doklam was resolved because of India and China’s positive approach.
“I came here to celebrate Dusshera with the jawans and it should be mistaken or taken into some other context. There was a deadlock in Doklam but we succeeded in resolving an issue through dialogue. India and China had a positive approach. The perception differences can be resolved through mutual dialogue,” he told media.