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Peace initiatives: India, China plan additional border meeting point along LAC

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

India and China have agreed for additional border meeting points in the Ladakh region along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in what is touted as a major confidence building measure (CBM).

The decision to establish one more border meeting point (BMP) in Ladakh comes in the wake of plans to strengthen peace mechanism by the militaries of the two countries along the LAC, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to China.

According to sources, the meeting point will be close to the Depsang plains in Northern Ladakh.

The move is aimed at resolving local border issues in the face of growing transgressions along the 800-km Ladakh border.

“The idea is to deal with transgression issue at the ground level locally,” a source told ET saying the move would ensure regular meetings between the militaries of the two countries.

In April 2013, a major three-week face-off ensued between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army.

The stand-off was followed by a similar transgression in Chumar when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India last September.

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Italy, China Sign Pact To Strengthen Economic Ties

Italy's involvement gives China a crucial inroad into Western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with Washington.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shake their hands following the signing of a memorandum in support of Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative, at Rome's Villa Madama, March 23, 2019. VOA

Italy has signed a memorandum of understanding with China in support of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond.

Premier Giuseppe Conte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands during a ceremony in Rome on Saturday, after 29 separate sections of the memorandum were signed by members of both governments.

 

 

With the memorandum, Italy becomes the first member of the Group of Seven major economies that includes the United States, to join Belt and Road, following Portugal’s embrace of the initiative in December.

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Italy’s involvement gives China a crucial inroad into Western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with Washington. (VOA)