Ending the yearlong freeze in defence exchanges after
Doklam, Xi Jinping sent a fast-rising PLA general, Lt Gen. Liu Xiaowu, as head of a 10-member delegation to New Delhi last week. Liu is among the top-ranked ‘gen next’ PLA generals (born in the 1960s) and is currently the deputy commander of the Western Theatre Command that borders India. Earlier, he led the ground forces of the southern command bordering Myanmar and Vietnam. He is also to visit Pakistan, keeping in mind the sensitivities of its ‘all-weather’ ally.