Bejing: Calling for closer military ties between India and China, Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said that it would be easy to maintain peace along the borders, if the forces of both nations develop trust, mutual respect and confidence towards each other.

Accompanied by a high-powered delegation consisting of top officials from Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, Antony went round the sprawling 15,000 square metre varsity campus evincing keen interest in China's defence forces' training programmes for the officers of all its three forces.

Both sides have clear consensus that we must maintain peace, tranquility and stability along our borders. In that endeavour, military-to-military cooperation is an important aspect," he said.

In his interaction with Liu, Antony recalled his meeting with Premier Li and Gen Cheng. "India and China are close neighbours. Our relations are expanding in many areas," he said, adding he had detailed discussions with the Chinese leadership on bilateral ties.

"If the military leadership on both sides, from top to ground formations can maintain trust and mutual respect and confidence, then it is easy to maintain peace and tranquility on border areas," Antony told Political Commissar of National Defence University - General Liu Yazhou.

Antony visited the academy of People's Liberation Army in Beijing on Saturday on the second day of his official visit. During the meeting, the Defence Minister and Liu agreed to enhance military exchanges between the two countries.

 Antony, on Friday held talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Defence Minister Gen Cheng Wanquan on a host of issues including maintaining peace and tranquility on the border areas.

Officials said Antony had expressed interest in visiting the top military academy to study the Chinese pattern as India has recently come up with its National Defence University in New Delhi, which was expected to be ready in the next few years. Indian officials said that efforts are on currently to evolve combined training programmes for all the forces.


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