Get­ting Familiar

The Em­bassy of China at New Delhi re­cently or­gan­ised a visit of an In­dian me­dia del­e­ga­tion to China for in­ter­ac­tions at Bei­jing with the 4th Army Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment, China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (CIIS), All-China Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (ACJA),

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The Em­bassy of China at New Delhi re­cently or­gan­ised a visit of an In­dian me­dia del­e­ga­tion to China for in­ter­ac­tions at Bei­jing with the 4th Army Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment

THE EM­BASSY OF CHINA at New Delhi, re­cently or­gan­ised visit of an In­dian press del­e­ga­tion to China for in­ter­ac­tions at Bei­jing with the 4th Army Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment, China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (CIIS), All-China Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (ACJA), Ten­cent (qq.com), Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense (MND), Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MFA), China Daily, and Shang­hai Naval Gar­ri­son.

The fa­mil­iari­sa­tion visit gave an over­view of what is hap­pen­ing in China. The stops in­cluded the 4th Army Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment. The del­e­ga­tion was met and briefed by Se­nior Colonel Zhang Jillin, Com­man­der of the Reg­i­ment. Their equip­ment in­cludes at­tack he­li­copters, medium-lift he­li­copters (Mi-17 equiv­a­lent) and fixed-wing air­craft (C-130 equiv­a­lent). The tasks in­clude at­tack, air sup­port and tasks like res­cue mis­sions and lo­cat­ing space cap­sules re­turn­ing to earth. Tasks are all land based, as naval avi­a­tion units cover op­er­a­tions at sea. The reg­i­ment is main­tained at high state of readi­ness. Pi­lots un­dergo a fouryear course from ba­sic level to com­bat level.

China In­sti­tute of Strate­gic Stud­ies

CIIS is the pri­mary think tank of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MoFA) and it also trains Chi­nese di­plo­mats. The briefing was done by Jia Xi­udong, Se­nior Re­search Fel- low, mainly hing­ing on the over­whelm­ing de­sire for peace by China, main­tain­ing friendly re­la­tions with all neigh­bours and bright prospects of In­dia-China re­la­tions. Lan Jianxue, As­so­ciate Re­search Fel­low who has vis­ited In­dia many times, spoke at length about In­dia-China re­la­tions high- light­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s achieve­ments. The dis­cus­sions cen­tred around: China’s con­cern about the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq-Syria and about pos­si­ble fall­out in Af-Pak re­gion. China wants peace in Afghanistan and looks to Afghanistan’s economic up­lift­ment In its re­la­tion­ship with In­dia, Panchsheel is be­ing forged as the main­stay. China has re­solved its bor­ders with all neigh­bours less In­dia and Bhutan but China will never use force to do so un­less at­tacked. The sit­u­a­tion in Asia-Pacific is fluid but China does not have any de­sire for use of force. China and US have over 90 bi­lat­eral di­a­logues cov­er­ing ev­ery con­ceiv­able is­sue and the economic in­ter­de­pen­dence is in­tense. Log­i­cally, this should de­ter con­flict. To ex­plore scope of In­dia-China co­op­er­a­tion for evac­u­a­tion of re­spec­tive na­tion­als from trou­ble spots like Iraq, gov­ern­ment-to-gov­ern­ment di­a­logue is required. Pak­istan her­self is a vic­tim of ter­ror though China has always ad­vised Pak­istan to be care­ful about rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and ter­ror­ism.

Ten­cent (qq.com)

Es­tab­lished in 1998, Ten­cent is a top level in­ter­net com­pany of China. It of­fers the equiv­a­lent of Skype, Face­book, Twit­ter, Ama­zon, Mi­crochat, Wizard, Google, Gam­ing, etc and claims on im­prove­ment over Twit­ter. They also have V-chat which is

The writer (on the ex­treme right) dur­ing

the visit at Great Wall of China

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