China Moves To Keep Momentum Of Border Talks
- China has scheduled a visit of its Defence Minister Chang Wanquan to India in next half of this year to continue the talks on border issues, and prop up the cooperation between the defence establishments of two countries. China surprised India by making this decision at sixth Annual Defence Dialogue.
- It is a third straight year wherein the Defence Ministers will be holding a structured meeting. A.K. Antony, Defence Minister of India had visited China in the last year and the Chinese Minister of National Defence Guang Li visited India in preceding year.
- Chinese government will also send senior PLA official to hold formal discussions with DGMO (Director-General of Military Operations) of Indian Army, on the topic of ‘Operations Directorate’ of the two armies. Since the PLA is planned in a different way, the officer of rank equivalent to DGMO of Indian Army will be sent in next half year.
- The BDCA (Border Defence Cooperation Agreement) is a latest step taken by both sides to reduce the chances of hostilities on border. Even though it doesn’t say so expressly, India feels there is a need for hotline on BDCA.
- As per the perceptions, the Chinese government has agreed to the hotline, and the officials from two military forces will discuss about its operation. According to the Defence Ministry, they will discuss about the practical measures to deal with the border issues. Besides, the two sides have reviewed the maritime cooperation and are determined to do more in between two navies.
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