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India, China to resume joint military exercises


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In this handout photograph released by The Indian Defence Ministry on September 4, 2012, Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony (L) looks on as China's Defence Minister Liang Guanglie speaks during a meeting at The Ministry of Defence in New Delhi on September 4, 2012. — Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: Joint military exercises between India and China will be resumed after a four-year gap, Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony announced Tuesday after talks in New Delhi with his Beijing counterpart.

The two emerging Asian nations have had an often fractious relationship over their shared border, and they halted joint military exercises in 2008 due to a series of diplomatic spats including over visa issues.

“We have decided that (to restart military exercises),” Antony told reporters following talks with General Liang Guanglie, the first Chinese defence minister to visit Delhi in eight years.

“We covered a lot about the situation in the South Asia, Asia-Pacific region and we have covered a lot of issues,” Antony said.

“We had a very frank and heart-to-heart discussion on all the issues...including in the border areas.”

The disputed border between India and China has been the subject of 14 rounds of fruitless talks since 1962, when the two nations fought a brief, bloody war over the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

China's buildup of military infrastructure along the frontier has become a major source of concern for India, which increasingly sees Beijing as a longer-term threat to its security than Pakistan.

“We have reached a consensus on high-level visits and exchange of personnel, maritime security...and cooperation between the two navies,” Guanglie said after Tuesday's talks.

“I had candid and practical discussion with the defence minister,” he added.

Guanglie's four-day visit comes amid India's fears about increased Chinese activity in countries such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh which New Delhi sees as within its sphere of influence.

The presence of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in the Indian hill town of Dharamshala is another cause of prickly relations between the two nations.

Heavy security on Tuesday prevented demonstrations by Tibetan exiles living in New Delhi.


Comments (13) Closed

Indian Sep 04, 2012 02:02pm
Trade (100 billion $) between India n China is bigger then Himalaya n deeper then Sea....both have more than 5000 years history n culture... Go India n China... both are up coming super power....CHINDIA will rule in 21 century......
Indian Sep 04, 2012 09:17am
100 billion trade between two up coming super power is going to change equation fastly...China n India both have changed their approach for each other....Good luck for both nation.....21 century belongs to Asia only....
Ahmed Sultan (India) Sep 04, 2012 09:49am
You should come out of dark ages. Why are you guys so much concerned about China. China will go where it sees profit it sees profit in building ties with India and India too has a lot to get from Indo-China partnership, therefore both countries are going forward with it.
qli Sep 04, 2012 10:25am
to get help Pakistan has to be good. No body wants to be friend of someone too dependant. if pakistanis Do not make tauba they are going to be history very soon.
Ashraf Sep 04, 2012 09:15am
Why do Pakistanis expect China to stand up for them? Change this China thinking.
Ashraf Sep 04, 2012 09:16am
Iran is also playing a dangerous game.
Vikas Sep 04, 2012 12:21pm
Now Foreign Office of Pakistan will send a not to media "Pakistan China friendship is sweeter than honey"
Rattan(Sydney) Sep 04, 2012 10:36am
And you think Chinese diplomat will come to the Pakistan TV channels and tell you their strategy?-nothing short of being naive.By the way Indian policy is toward freidship with Pakistan and all others.Pakistan needs to first see its own you know your own?
nt Sep 04, 2012 10:34am
China is no one's friend,it will help ,North koria,Pakistan.Iran,some african and pacific countries ,as long as some thing to gain from them either economic,diplomatic or military stratagic gains, china's business with other countries is always china's favour. To learn china make few chinese friends they always very selfish and ruth less,no fear of god, and do shoping from chinese shops,They sell very cheap,but they try to cheat you with small change. Even chinese dont trust chinese ,they buy from one shop and check weight in another shop.In western countries chinese do business with only chinese
Mr.T Sep 04, 2012 07:46am
I hope Pakistan take a notice of it, China was the only country who could be our strategic partner, now they are doing military exercise to do what ? Pakistan is now almost cornered from everyone and lastly it's china which most of Pakistani people think that china will help them in any war... Media responsibility is to highlight this issue on their channels and bring their consulate to the television and ask them what's the motive behind and what's future strategy will be between china and pakistan.
Gaurav Arya Sep 04, 2012 08:38am
The relationship between India & China is purely that of mutual self interest. There is mutual trade of $ 65 billion which is expected to touch $100 billion in the next 5 years. China and India will never fight inspite of having serious differences of opinion and also disputes over land, the Dalai Lama issue etc. Both understand that the primary job of governments is to better the life of its citizens and that can be done by economic success. Why do Pakistanis expect China to stand up for them? It is illogical. Your trade is less than $5 billion a year.
Ashraf Sep 04, 2012 09:12am
This a lesson for Pakistan and the nosense foreign policy makers of Pakistan who always think China and America only.Come out of this thinking.
j. von hettlingen Sep 04, 2012 01:48pm
Indeed the two Asia giants want to rekindle relations after a period of stagnation, and a stalled deal on nuclear co-operation. India always says, it has tried to maintain a good relationship with Beijing, Yet China's "cheque-book diplomacy" from Pakistan (a long-time Chinese ally) to Nepal, and across South East Asia and its first military base in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean opened last year had raised hackles and led to tensions with IndIa, as it saw itself a victim of China's policy of "strategic encirclement" .