The joint-coordination by India and China to tackle terrorism has taken a new shape after a 26-member delegation of China’s national defence organisation visited New Delhi on Monday. In the meeting between Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Chinese delegation, the two sides decided to deepen bilateral defence ties, maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror at the international level.
The delegation was led by General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC). This is the highest-level Chinese defence delegation to visit India in recent years.
“The visit signifies the enhanced defence exchanges between India and China…. the two sides agreed to implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping to ensure peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas,” said Defence Ministry in a statement following the meeting.
In October, the armies of India and China participated in an anti-terrorism exercise in China’s Yunnan province and early in November, China expressed willingness to work with both India and Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
Condemning the recent terror attack in Paris, both Manohar Parrikar and Gen. Fan Changlong agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation to combat terrorism, even at international level. The two sides also welcomed the operationalisation of additional border personnel meeting points. They reviewed the ongoing exchanges and expressed satisfaction at the recently-held bilateral military exercise, ‘Hand-in-Hand’.
Parrikar also offered to share India’s expertise in fighting terrorism by way of joint exercises, among other initiatives. He expressed his views that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is the cornerstone for smooth development of bilateral relations in diverse areas.
Meanwhile, taking note of the intensification of defence exchanges, the Indian side welcomed the proposal for the visit of Commander of Lanzhou Military to India early next year. Gen. Fan also extended an invitation to Parrikar to visit China, which he accepted. The dates will be decided through diplomatic channels.
Gen. Fan will be calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday before leaving India at the conclusion of his visit.
(With inputs from the PTI)