In­dia and China dis­cuss joint ex­er­cise for Oc­to­ber 2013


avoid the sort of ten­sions that sprung up fol­low­ing the in­cur­sion by Chi­nese troops into In­dian ter­ri­tory ear­lier this year.

In a state­ment, the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence said, “Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and the De­fence Min­is­ter con­veyed that the new lead­er­ship in China at­taches great im­por­tance to de­vel­op­ing friendly and co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tions with In­dia. Antony con­veyed that In­dia re­cip­ro­cates the sen­ti­ment and looks for­ward to build­ing the re­la­tion­ship fur­ther on a foun­da­tion of mu­tual trust and con­fi­dence and based on mu­tual re­spect for each other’s con­cerns. In the dis­cus­sions be­tween the two De­fence Min­is­ters, mea­sures to pro­mote mu­tual trust and con­fi­dence build­ing be­tween the armed forces were dis­cussed. It was agreed that ‘strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion’ is re­quired for build­ing trust and un­der­stand­ing.”

In­dia and China are in the process of fi­nal­is­ing the modal­i­ties of their first mil­i­tary joint ex­er­cise since 2008 dur­ing the on­go­ing visit of De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony to Bei­jing. Both sides have de­cided to hold a joint ex­er­cise in China in Oc­to­ber 2013. Both sides have also agreed that the navies and air forces of both coun­tries will also un­der­take en­hanced pro­fes­sional ex­changes. In dis­cus­sions with his coun­ter­part Gen­eral Chang Wan­quan in Bei­jing, Antony also brought up a new bor­der co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment de­signed specif­i­cally to

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