India and China to resume joint military exercise

India and China today agreed to resume joint military exercise and conduct the same at the earliest.

The first Joint Army Exercises with China was conducted in Kunming, China in 2007 and the second in Belgaum, India in  2008 but had to be stalled in 2010 due to visa denial by Chinese to the Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General BS Jaswal and since then New Delhi has had no bilateral defence exchanges with Beijing.

Accompanied by a 23-member delegation, which includes high ranking members of the Chinese defence and military establishment, the Minister of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China, General Liang Guanglie is on an official visit to India from 02-06 September, 2012 after which he will go to Laos to pay an official goodwill visit.

At the 90 minutes delegation level meeting, India and China agreed to strengthen border security cooperation between the border troops of the two sides so as to enhance and maintain peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas.

The two sides announced their decision to work together to maintain peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, promote port calls by naval ships of the two sides and conduct joint maritime search and rescue exercises.

The two sides also decided to further enhance and strengthen cooperation between the naval forces of both sides in counter piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia and high level exchanges between the two defence ministries and Armed Forces of both sides.  .

They noted that the leaders of India and China have designated 2012 as the year of India-China friendship and cooperation.

The Chinese side invited Antony to visit China in 2013. 

Last Defence Minister level meet took place in May 2006 when India’s Defence Minister visited China. General Liang’s visit is the first by a Chinese Defence Minister to India since Gen. Cao Gangchuan’s visit in March 2004. 

From India, the Indian Defence Ministers have visited China thrice in Jul 1992, Apr 2003 and May 2006. The Chinese Defence Ministers have visited India twice in Sep 1994 and Mar 2004.

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