New Delhi: After a freeze in defence ties over visa row, India and China could resume their joint army exercise, a decision regarding which will be taken at the Annual Defence Dialogue (ADD) to be held in January next year.

"India and China will discuss resuming the Army exercise at the ADD and after that only, a final decision on the issue would be taken," senior army officials said here on Sunday.

Till now, India and China have held two exercises, last of which took place in Belgaum in Karnataka in December 2008.

After a gap of two years following the visa row, India and China will hold their ADD in January during which various issues such as the situation along the Sino-India border will be discussed.

New Delhi had suspended military exchanges with China in August 2010 after Bijing refused to grant permission to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal to proceed on an official trip to Beijing.

As an immediate fallout of the event, India refused to hold the third round of exercise with China and had put all other military exchanges on hold.

The first two editions of the army to army exercise had taken place in Kunming in China in 2007.

Reflecting a thaw in military relations, India sent its first military delegation to Beijing in June this year under Northern Command's Maj Gen Gurmeet Singh, who visited Beijing, Shanghai and Urumqi.

Earlier this month, China reciprocated the visit by sending an eight-member team under Lt Gen Lang Youliang from the Tibet Military Command.

The Chinese team visited New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai where they held interactions with their Indian counterparts.

Meanwhile, India and China will also hold the special envoy-level talks on the issue of border management here in which National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivsankar Menon will be leading the Indian delegation.

(Agencies)