Rajnath Singh meets Premier Li Keqiang in China

SansadTV Bureau

Beijing: Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a meeting in Beijing on Thursday. PTI Photo

Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is in China on a six-day visit, met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and discussed efforts to step up security cooperation between the two countries.

Singh is the first Indian Home Minister to visit China in the last decade.

Singh met Premier Li Keqiang at his office at Zhongnanhai on Thursday morning after arriving in China late on Wednesday night. He also held talks with China’s Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun, who is also the State Councillor in the CPC, a rank above the Minister.

Singh will also be holding talks with other top Chinese leaders and public security officials to strengthen cooperation in a host of areas including combating terrorism, especially in the light of the Paris terror attacks.

Earlier in the day, Singh visited People’s Public Security University which trains police officers on a range of security-related operations. There, the Indian Home Minister interacted with Fan Jingyu, the ruling Communist Party of China’s Secretary of the University unit and discussed issues relating to training of the police officers, an official source said. Singh was also taken to the university’s control room.

“Visited People’s Public Security University of China in Beijing today. It has nearly 10000 faculty members to teach security and policing,” Singh tweeted soon after his visit.

“Establishing a National University on policing &security in India would be of immense help,” he added.

In another tweet, he likened the university with India’s National Police Academy in Hyderabad.

Singh’s visit to China comes in the backdrop of a steady improvement in relations between the two neighbours, while streamlining mechanisms to address the border dispute.

Singh is set to travel to Shanghai on Saturday where he will meet top CPC leaders and security officials. He will also address a meeting of the Indian Association of Shanghai.

(With inputs from PTI)