Indian Army Chief in China with a special plan on border problem
Beijing: Indian army chief, Dalbir Singh Suhag met high-ranking officials of China’s People’s Liberation Army including General Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, the highest military body under President Xi Jinping, on the first day of his four-day tour of China on Monday.
Both officials “reiterated their desire to keep up the momentum of defence exchanges and the need to keep the borders tranquil and peaceful,” the Indian Embassy in Beijing said in a statement. Mr Singh invited General Xu to visit India, which was accepted. Earlier, Singh was welcomed with a guard of honour led by General Li Zuocheng, Commander PLA Army. Observers said Mr Singh may have a strategic plan to discuss with China about terror attacks from across the Pakistan border and use of irregulars and non-state player by the Pakistani military, observers said.
It is important for India to ensure that Chinese support for Pakistan in this crucial area is weakened, they said. The visit comes amid disturbances in India’s border with Pakistan and China, and reports that China is speeding up construction of a road, which will pass through the disputed Pakistan Occupied Kashmir area. New Delhi has serious objection to any construction work by China in POK, as it is claimed by India. Mr Singh is due to visit to major military commands in Xian and Nanjing and see the installations connected to PLA’s Infantry Division and Army Air Defence Brigades in these areas.
His visit also coincides with a joint military exercise (Exercise Hand in Hand), between two armies which is underway in Pune and will be followed by the visit of General Zhao Zongqi, Commander, Western Theatre Command of PLA in the second week of next month. Times of India