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PHOTOS: India, China reaffirm peace and tranquility along border

July 04, 2014 15:04 IST

PHOTOS: India, China reaffirm peace and tranquility along border

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Army Chief General Bikram Singh, who is the first Indian Army Chief to visit China in nine years, held a number of meetings with China’s military top brass. Singh discussed a host of issues including maintenance of peace at the boundary, implementation of the new border defence mechanism and maritime cooperation.

Singh held wide-ranging talks with Chief of General Staff of People’s Liberation Army General Fang Fenghui, discussing increasing military to military contacts, implementation of last year’s Border Defence Cooperation Agreement and stepping up high level exchanges between the two militaries, Indian officials said.

The Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh also met Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao in Beijing.

This year is the “Year of Friendly Exchanges” between China and India. The two militaries will hold a series of activities, including the fourth joint anti-terrorism exercise due to be held in India.

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Image: Army Chief General Bikram Singh inspects the Guard of Honour with Chinese Chief of General Staff of People's Liberation Army General Fang Fenghui


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During their meeting Feng and Singh reaffirmed peace and tranquility along the border.

BDCA was signed last year to address tense standoffs arising out of aggressive patrolling by the PLA along the over 4,000 km long Line of Actual Control.

The two sides have held 17 rounds of talks by Special Representatives so far to resolve the border dispute.

“Your visit is the first senior military delegation since the formation of India’s new government. It reflects the great importance India attaches to bilateral relations,” Fang said welcoming Singh, who is also the Chairman of the tri-services Chiefs of Staff Committee.

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Image: Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao receives Army Chief General Bikram Singh


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“India attaches the highest priority to the relations with China and committed to further developing friendly and cooperative relations with your country,” Singh was quoted as saying.

The visit of Singh is part of increasing contacts between the two militaries which remained frozen for a long after the 1962 border clash. 




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