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Coming Soon: Hotline Between Indian And Chinese Military Headquarters

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| May 2 , 2018 , 12:46 IST

A week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping's 'unofficial' summit, Chinese media confirmed on Tuesday that a hotline will be set up between the Indian and Chinese military headquarters, as per a long-pending proposal. 

"Leaders of the two nations have reportedly agreed to set up a hotline between their respective military headquarters," state-run daily Global Times reported.

In a press release after the summit, the Ministry of External Affairs specified that PM Modi and President Jinping had directed their respective militaries to implement confidence building measures.

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"The two leaders further directed their militaries to earnestly implement various confidence building measures (CBM) agreed upon between the two sides, including the principle of mutual and equal security, and strengthen existing institutional arrangements and information sharing mechanisms to prevent incidents in border regions," the Ministry of External Affairs had said in a press release after the summit meet between the two leaders.

The hotline was considered to be a major confidence building measure as it would enable the military headquarters to intensify communication and avert tensions during border patrol along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) and prevent another Doklam-like standoff.

The move comes after Modi and Xi agreed to issue "strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs."

The 73-day standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops began last year on June 16 after the Indian Army stopped illegal construction of a road by Chinese forces in the disputed tri-junction border of Doklam between India, China, and Bhutan.

The idea of establishing a hotline between the military headquarters of both the nations was first suggested by the 2013 Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) between India and China but did not materialise.