Doklam standoff: China skips ceremonial Independence Day meet
China skipped the ceremonial Independence Day meeting with India amidst the Doklam standoff. India had sent out an invitation to China, but there has been no response, official sources said.
A meeting at Nathu La which was scheduled for Friday did not take place as the Chinese did not show up. The border personnel meetings are important and they take place at five locations at the Line of Actual Control every year. Such meetings are held on Republic Day, Independence Day and PLA Day.
The locations for these meetings are at Daulat Beg Oldie and Chushul in Ladakh, Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh and Nathu La in Sikkim. These meetings help both countries maintain peace.
India has sent out an invite to the PLA for the meeting, but there has been no response as yet. Indian officials say that the meeting scheduled for August 1, PLA day did not take place. The Chinese did not send out an invite to India for the August 1 meeting, Indian officials say.