China ready to link silk road plans with India

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Beijing: China has expressed its readiness to work with India to link its maritime Silk road plans with India’s Mausam project in a bid to address India’s strategic concerns and derive a common benefit.

The annual defense dialogue between the two neighbouring countries is scheduled to take place at Beijing on April 8-9 where both the countries would discuss measures to step up co-operation between Army, Navy and Air Force. The Indian delegation will be led by Defence Secretary R K Mathur.

Ahead of the meeting the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China is looking forward to to step up interaction with India to identify the meeting point for the strategic interest of both the countries in South Asia, specially in the Indian Ocean region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “China is ready to work with South Asian countries, including India, Sri Lanka, to strengthen policy communication, identify the meeting point of their development strategies, explore effective ways of mutually beneficial cooperation and common benefit of the region, countries and the people.”

The defence dialogues will cover talks on mutual perspectives on South Asia, the China-India relationship, bilateral military ties and border related issues.

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