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Indian, Chinese forces establish military hotline in North Sikkim to boost trust and cordial ties

  by NEWSNER , 2021-08-02 12:33:39


Indian, Chinese forces establish military hotline in North Sikkim to boost trust and cordial ties

 

According to The Hindu, the Indian Army established a military hotline with the Chinese side in north Sikkim on Sunday to strengthen the atmosphere of trust and cordial ties between the two countries along the Line of Actual Control in the region. A direct telephone line connection between two parties is referred to as a hotline.

 

It was on August 1 that the event took place, which coincided with People's Liberation Army Day. The day is commemorated to mark the creation of China's People's Liberation Army.

 

The hotline is between the Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim, and China's People's Liberation Army in Khamba Dzong, Tibetan Autonomous Region, according to the release.

 

The new hotline was launched a day after the two forces held their 12th round of talks in the Ladakh region to de-escalate tensions along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC). The establishment of the hotline in the eastern sector took place on PLA Day.

 

In eastern Ladakh, India and China already have two military hotlines: Chushul and Daulat Beg Oldi in the Union Territory. In February, India's and China's foreign ministers agreed to set up a new hotline to ensure "timely communication" in the wake of the Ladakh standoff.

 

According to an Indian Army statement, the hotline was established to "promote the atmosphere of trust and cordial ties along the borders."

 

As hotlines are frequently used to resolve local conflicts, such as in the Ladakh area, where the two forces have been trapped in a border standoff for nearly 15 months and are currently negotiating to de-escalate tensions.

 

Since May 2020, the two hotlines in the Ladakh area have been used over 1,450 times to resolve conflicts on the ground.

 

Top Indian and Chinese commanders met in the Ladakh area on Saturday in the latest attempt to de-escalate border tensions between the two nations, amid expectations that competing forces would be disengaged from Hot Springs and Gogra.

 

Article reference: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hotline-set-up-between-indian-chinese-armies-in-eastern-sector-101627831282046.html