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India, China to step up defence cooperation

India and China have agreed to step up their military exchanges and interactions at the 9th India-China Annual Defence and Security Dialogue.
Nov 16, 2018
BEIJING: India and China have agreed to step up their military exchanges and interactions at the 9th India-China Annual Defence and Security Dialogue.
 
Officials from both countries agreed to enhance exchanges and interactions through reciprocal high-level visits between the two ministries of defence and between military commands.
 
"Joint training exercises, mutual visits by defence personnel including mid-level and cadet officers were also agreed upon," the Indian Embassy said in a statement on November 14.
 
They reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the India-China border areas, implementing the consensus arrived at during the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April. The officials agreed to specific additional confidence building measures at the operational level.
 
Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra led the Indian delegation for the talks, while the Chinese delegation was led by Lt. General Shao Yuanming, Deputy Chief of Joint Staff Department of Central Military Commission of China.
 
India and China have a decades old dispute over their 3,448 km boundary.

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