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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.

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