Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion vis­its In­dia


Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Qi Jian­guo, Deputy Chief of Gen­eral Staff (Op­er­a­tions), PLA China was on a two-day visit on April 22 and 23 in In­dia, along with an eight mem­ber del­e­ga­tion. The visit is in re­sponse to an in­vi­ta­tion ex­tended by the Govern­ment of In­dia. The two sides ex­changed views on var­i­ous is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est such as main­te­nance of peace and tran­quil­ity along line of ac­tual con­trol and en­hanc­ing mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing be­tween the ar­mies of In­dia and China. Mea­sures for im­ple­men­ta­tion of ex­ist­ing bi­lat­eral agree­ments were also dis­cussed.

The meet­ing was held in a warm and cor­dial at­mos­phere. Both sides agreed on the need to en­hance bi­lat­eral mil­i­tary en­gage­ments. The Chi­nese side has con­firmed its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Fourth In­dia China Joint Train­ing Ex­er­cise sched­uled to be held in Novem­ber 2014 in In­dia. The PLA del­e­ga­tion also called on the Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee and the Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Bikram Singh and the De­fence Sec­re­tary.

In­dia and China at­tach great im­por­tance to high level mil­i­tary ex­changes. 2014 has also been de­clared as “Year of Friendly Ex­changes”. It may be re­called that in Fe­bru­ary this year, the PLA Del­e­ga­tion led by Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of Gen­eral Staff had come to In­dia for An­nual Def Di­a­logue and the In­dian De­fence Min­is­ter had vis­ited China in July 2013. The Chi­nese side has also con- firmed the visit of its De­fence Min­is­ter Gen­eral Chang Wan­quan to In­dia later this year.

The Deputy Chief of Gen­eral Staff (Op­er­a­tions), PLA China, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Qi Jian­guo meet­ing the Chief of Army Staff, Gen­eral Bikram Singh, in New Delhi.

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