India and China to hold first joint military exercise

India and China are likely to hold their first-ever joint military exercise in the near future, as the country's Army Chief General J J Singh leaves Sunday for China to discuss the issue and take bilateral defence ties to a new high.

India and China to hold first joint military exercise
India and China are likely to hold their first-ever joint military exercise in the near future, as the country's Army Chief General J J Singh leaves Sunday for China to discuss the issue and take bilateral defence ties to a new high.

Gen Singh is going to propose the holding of such exercise with China during his visit, an Indian Defence Ministry official said in Delhi today.

India has invited Chinese observers to its own military exercises in the last couple of years, the official said. With military Confidence Building Measures being implemented along the still-unresolved 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (which divided India and China) to maintain peace and tranquillity over the last few years, India now wants to take the bilateral military ties to the next level by holding a joint exercise, the official noted. "In principle, the Chinese have agreed to holding of such an exercise during the visit, India hopes to work out the details and whether the exercise would be held on Chinese or Indian soil.

Both armies are interested in expanding military ties," he added. On Friday India's Defence Minister A K Antony dismissed reports of any military confrontation with China, asserting that border talks with Beijing had gained tremendous momentum over the last three years. India and China had fought a war in 1962 over the boundary issue. During the past four years they have been holding talks to resolve the boundary dispute.
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