India and China hold Third Annual Defence Dialogue
The Third India-China Annual Defence Dialogue took place in Beijing today. Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma led the Indian side and the Chinese Deputy Chief of General Staff General Qi Jianguo led the Chinese side. The discussion took place in a friendly and cooperative atmosphere and in a forward looking manner. The two sides discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of common interests including the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and in the India-China border areas.
Both sides agreed to expand and enhance bilateral exchanges covering the Army, Navy and Air Force of both countries.
The two sides agreed to advance mutual strategic trust and also enhance mutually beneficial practical cooperation.
The two sides reviewed the ongoing measures to maintain peace and tranquility on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two sides agreed upon a plan of bilateral military exchanges for 2013 which includes conduct of the next joint military exercise.
Shri Sharma also called on General XuQiliang, Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. During the discussion, General Xu called for enhancement of mutual trust between the two countries and he said that consultations need to be held between the two sides to focus on commonalities which are more important than the differences between the two countries. He said good relations between India and China is important for both countries as well as for world peace and security.
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