Both sides agreed to hold regular talks among their top operational commanders as a part of intensified confidence building measures between the world’s two most populous nations.

With both nations realising that a political resolution of the age-old border issue would take time, this meeting has come as a welcome step in maintaining magnanimity on the borders, which has been a contentious issue from a long time.

During the meeting both India and China agreed to military exchanges at different levels, including between the Commanders-in-Chief of the Indian Eastern Army Command (EAC) and Chinese Chengdu Military Region (CMR) and also between Northern Army Command (NAC) and Lanzhou Military Region (LMR).

During the talks, the eight-member Chinese delegation was represented by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Deputy Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Qi Jiangua.

Officials said the two sides exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest such as maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the LAC and enhancing mutual cooperation and understanding between the armies of India and China.

Measures for implementation of existing bilateral agreements were also discussed, the officials added.

India and China also agreed to mutual military activities during the meeting, which according to the officials transpired in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The Chinese have confirmed their participation in the fourth India-China Joint Training Exercise scheduled to be held in November in India, the officials confirmed.

The two-day visit of Chinese delegation to India is seen as serious attempts to perk up bilateral military relations between the two Asian powerhouses.

“The visit follows an invite from the Government of India. The Chinese side has confirmed the visit of their Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan to India later this year,” an Army release said.

Ministry of Defence officials said the Chinese delegation also called on Union Defence Minister A K Antony, Army chief Bikram Singh and Defence Secretary R K Mathur.

The heartening aspect of the meeting is that the high-level meetings between the two nations won’t just be limited to army cooperation as Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit New Delhi later this year once a new government is formed.

(JPN)

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