In­dian Army Chief in China with a spe­cial plan on bor­der prob­lem

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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

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