Chinese soldiers may join Indians counterpart on World Yoga Day

In a bid to reduce the ongoing tension on Sino-Indian border, efforts were being made to get Chinese soldiers on board for the joint celebration of International Yoga Day on 21 June, a top government source said here on Wednesday.

”This is still under discussion and hopefully, it will be decided before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China in June,” the source said.  National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is also scheduled to visit China, ahead of Shanghai Corporation Organisation Summit, which will be held in June. He is expected to meet his counterpart Wang Yi and likely to discuss the ways to reduce strain at the Sino-Indian border.

The joint celebration of International Yoga Day by Chinese and Indian soldiers may also be discussed during the NSA level meeting. The issue also figured in the joint meeting of the officers of Indian Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the People Liberation Army, held at Chushul in Ladakh recently.

There are few incidents of transgression reported in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, after the long standoff at the tri-junction of Doklam between the two armies in 2017.

China also backed India’s move in the United Nation to make June 21 as the International Yoga Day, giving a fillip to hundreds of yoga clubs and organisations, which celebrated Yoga with great enthusiasm in 2017.

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