Beijing: Strengthening its multi-dimensional ties with the Pakistani military, the Chinese military said it was also working to advance its relationship with defence forces of India.

Outlining the policies and perceptions of world's largest standing military of 2.3million personnel in a 44-page ‘white paper’, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said it intends to work at building trust with its neighbouring countries.

"China has strengthened military relations with its neighbouring countries," said the PLA policy paper.

"It conducts friendly exchanges with the DPRK (North Korea) and the ROK (South Korea) militaries, attaches importance to Sino-Japanese defence exchanges,  strengthens multi-dimensional Sino-Pakistani military exchanges and cooperation, works to advance the Sino-Indian military relationship," the paper released to the media by its top military brass said.

While PLA shares very close strategic links with its all-weather ally Pakistan, it has also, in the recent past, tried to enhance ties with the Indian military as part of wider attempts to improve overall relations between the two countries.

The process suffered a reverse last year after India, in response to the denial of visa by China to its top General B S Jaswal on the ground that he headed troops in   Jammu and Kashmir, which it regards as disputed territory. He was to come to Beijing to attend a bilateral meeting.

Following this, India had called off its defence exchanges with PLA, even though Chinese Defence Ministry continues to maintain that its military ties with India were intact.

China had also promised to review its policy to issue stapled visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Besides this, the paper, which is issued every year said China faced an increasingly "volatile" Asian region, in the backdrop of attempts by US to expand its footprints.

It reiterated that China's national defence policy is "defensive" in nature and said the pursuit of such a national defence policy is determined by China's development path

Senior Colonel Geng Yansheng, spokesman with the Defense Ministry, told a press conference that China will never change the defensive nature of its national defence policy.

"China will, as always, link the fundamental interests of the Chinese people with the common interests of people in the world and link its security with the world peace," Geng said.

(Agencies)