June 25, 2017
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The Border Defence Cooperation agreement and its future The Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to China is expected to revive the bonhomie between Indian and Chinese armed forces to the level of previous decade but it does not guarantee the incidents of incursion at the Line of Actual Control will not be repeated.  However, it provides for an institutional mechanism to deal with the incursion issues. In fact the BDCA is another updated version of the earlier confidence building measures reached between the two countries in 1993, 1996 and 2005. However, these mechanisms largely helped to maintain peace and tranquility on the 4000 kms long LAC from Arunachal Pradesh in the East to Ladakh in the West. Due to these understandings the India-China defence relations and exchanges reached its pinnacle in the latter part of last decade but came to a sudden halt in 2010 when Chinese government changed its policy on the status of Jammu and Kashmir and slighted a top Indian General posted in the Indian state when a staple visa was issued to him.   Lt General B S Jaswal, Northern Army commander, actually was to head an Indian delegation to China on the Chinese government invitation in return for the earlier visit of similar Chinese Army delegation to India. Though the Chinese have stopped issuing Stapled Visa to the Kashmiris, their policy of granting stapled visas to the residents of Arunach
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