First Chinese Military Delegation To visit India

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Beijing: China has announced the visit of its military delegation to India, the first after the Doklam standoff, as a major follow up to the informal summit in April between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping.

China had suspended defence exchanges with India following the 72-day border stand-off, which ended on August 28. Both sides reaffirmed the need to resume military ties when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping at an ‘informal’ summit in Wuhan, China on April 28 and 29.

There, both leaders issued ‘strategic guidance’ to the two militaries to ensure peace and tranquillity on the borders and agreed to soon operationalise a hotline between the DGMOs of the two sides.

India and China in contact with each other about the visit of Chinese military delegation from Western Theatre Command, China’s Defence Spokesman Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang said in Bejing.

The Western Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) guards the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control with India.

Currently, the two sides are in consultation with each other on the upcoming visit to India by the border defence delegation from the Western Theatre Command of the PLA, Ren was quoted as saying in the transcript of the media briefing posted on the Chinese defence ministry website on Friday.

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