China, India vow to boost Army relations and border defense cooperation

China Military
Huang Panyue

BEIJING, Nov. 22, (ChinaMil) -- China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) Vice Chairman General Xu Qiliang said on Monday that the militaries of the two countries should serve as the booster and stabilizer in the development of relations between China and India.

General Xu made the remarks when meeting with General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army, in Beijing on November 21.

Xu said that China and India have a long history of friendship, and the Chinese side attaches great importance to developing relations between with India.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have met for nine times in recent years and reached important consensuses on upgrading bilateral relations, Xu said.

The military-to-military relations between the two countries have generally maintained the good momentum of development, and the two militaries should resolutely implement the consensuses reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen pragmatic exchange and cooperation, deepen strategic mutual trust and serve as the booster and stabilizer in development of bilateral relations, Xu said.

Xu wished the Armies of the two countries would further strengthen border management and control and enhance border defense cooperation, so as to maintain the peace and tranquility in the China-India border areas.

Singh said that with the forceful promotion of the leaders of the two countries in recent years, the India-China relations have witnessed fast development, and the cooperation between the two militaries has achieved fruitful results.

The Indian military is willing to work with the Chinese military to further strengthen exchanges in defense fields, upgrade the level of pragmatic cooperation including border defense contacts and push forward the constant development of the relations between the two militaries, especially the two Armies, so as to jointly maintain peace and stability in the border areas between India and China, Singh added.

General Li Zuocheng, commander of the Chinese PLA Army, and Indian Ambassador to China Vijay Keshav Gokhale were present at the meeting.



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