I-Day celebrated by Indian and Chinese troops in Arunachal

Itanagar: Indian and Chinese troops jointly celebrated the country’s 69th Independence Day at Bumla in Arunachal Pradesh on August 15.

Bumla, located at a height of about 15,000 ft in Arunachal Pradesh, has been a witness to many border personnel meetings in the past, a defence communiqu said here on Monday.

A warm welcome was extended by the Indian delegation leader Brigadier DS Kushwah to the Chinese delegation.

The event commenced with the hoisting of national flags and rendition of national anthems of both the countries, followed by welcome addresses by both the delegation leaders.

A cultural programme was held for the visiting Chinese delegation followed by social interaction. The event witnessed participation of women and children from both sides.

A dance was performed by the Monpa tribe and students from Tawang. Indian troops performed Bhangra and Gatka which was lauded by the Chinese.

Both sides reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen friendship and maintain peace and tranquillity along the border.

Both delegation leaders appreciated the growing trust and harmony between the two countries and were sanguine that Indo?China relationship would continue to grow in the future, the communiqu said.