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India, China to improve military links

Wei Fenghe and Nirmala Sitharaman.R.V. Moorthy

Wei Fenghe and Nirmala Sitharaman.R.V. Moorthy  

India and China on Thursday agreed to work towards full implementation of ongoing confidence-building measures (CBM) along the border as well as improve military to military interactions. This was agreed during bilateral consultations between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and visiting Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe.

“It was decided to expand the engagement between the Armed Forces relating to training, joint exercises and other professional interactions. Both sides also decided to work towards a new bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence exchanges and cooperation to replace the MoU signed in 2006,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

General Wei is on a four-day visit to India, which comes exactly a year after the 73-day military stand-off at Doklam.

The 27-member delegation accompanying him consists of key military officials, including Vice Chief of the Central Military Commission Air Marshal Dingqui Chang and Lieutenant General Guiqing Rong, Vice Commander of the Western Theatre Command, which handles the entire border with India.

The statement further added that in order to ensure peace and tranquility on the border, both Ministers agreed on greater interactions at the working level.

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