India and China’s militaries have allegedly agreed on the long-pending proposal to set up a hotline between their headquarters after an informal summit between PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, the official Chinese media said on Wednesday, 2 May.
These initiatives are being taken to increase the associaton between the two countries’ militaries for the first time due to the 73-day standoff in Doklam since last year.
Modi met Xi last week in an unprecedented two day heart-to-heart summit to ”strengthen” the India-China relationship. According to China’s official newspaper Global Times, leaders of the two countries agreed to set up a hotline between the military headquarters.
Hotline is regarded as a major confidence building measures and sharing information between both the countries. This will help India and China headquarters to intensify communication to avert tensions between border patrol on in the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) and to avert standoffs like Doklam.
Militaries of India and China were locked in the 73-day standoff in Doklam since last year after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army in the disputed area. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off had ended on August 28.
The talks have been going on for a long time on the hotline but reportedly bogged down over procedures like at what level it should be established in the headquarters. There are hotline facilities between the Indo-Pak Director General’s of Military Operations (DGMO). But in the context of China, the Chinese army will have to identify a designated official to operate such a facility.