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Chinese Army proposes to conduct sports events in China to Indian counterpart

By PTI Updated: Feb 16, 2019 9:17 pm

Kolkata, Feb. 16 (PTI): The Chinese Army has proposed to conduct sports events at designated military camps inside their territory as part of efforts to develop greater understanding between commanders of the two armies, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, Lt Gen M M Naravane said Saturday.

The proposal, which was conveyed recently, is under consideration, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, told newspersons at an Investiture Ceremony here.

“Overall, the trend of interaction between the Chinese and Indian armies along the borders has been as per established patterns,” Lt Gen Naravane said.

The two countries were involved in a 73-day face-off at Doklam in the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction border area in 2017.

The GOC-in-C said strategic consensus achieved between the leaders of both the countries has enabled effective management of the situation along the borders.

He said enhanced military-to-military interaction at all levels has contributed towards operationalisation of strategic consensus between the ground troops and also greater understanding between the commanders at functional levels.

“An example of this is a proposal by the Chinese side for conduct of sporting events inside their territory at designated military camps/bases, which shows the positive impact of various confidence-building measures,” Lt Gen Naravane said.

Asserting that the Eastern Command is steadfast in its resolve to protect the territorial integrity of India, he said there has been a major push to improve infrastructure in border areas, like roads, bridges and habitat.



By PTI Updated: Feb 16, 2019 9:17:37 pm