India-China DGMO hotline soon

NEW DELHI (TIP): A hotline between the director general of military operations (DGMO) in Indian and Chinese armies is likely to come up within months.

“Surveys were carried out to set up the hotlines between the two DGMOs. It should happen in the coming months,” Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag said in his annual press conference on the eve of the Army Day.

Establishing an exclusive telephone link between the two top Army officers is considered one of the confidence building measures between the two armies that fought a bitter war in 1962. Last year, two new border personnel meeting (BPM) points at Daulat Beig Oldie in Jammu & Kashmir and Kibithu were made operational. Another BPM point in the Barahoti plains is under the active consideration. “Bilateral relations are improving, which is evident from many high-level exchanges in the last one year,” said Gen Dalbir Singh. However, there is no slow down on raising the mountain strike corps, a specialised force to launch offensive strike in mountainous terrain like the Sino-Indian border areas.

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