China, India ink accord to boost military ties
Updated: 2006-05-30 21:34
China and India have signed an agreement to expand defence ties, the Chinese
foreign ministry said, in a deal that is expected to see the neighbors conduct
more military training exercises.
China and India have signed an agreement to
expand defence ties, the Chinese foreign ministry said, in a deal that is
expected to see the neighbors conduct more military training exercises.
The memorandum of understanding was signed during a visit by Indian Defence
Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao
told reporters on Tuesday.
"Military exchanges will be an important part of bilateral ties," Liu said.
"Reinforcement of mutual trust and exchanges will be benefitial for the
development of all-round cooperation partnership in the two countries."
The Indian defence ministry said ahead of Mukherjee's trip, which began
Sunday, that the agreement would institutionalize training, exercises and other
contacts between the armed forces of the countries.
The agreement would aim to develop a "strategic and cooperative partnership
for peace and prosperity between India and China," and enhance trust between
their two militaries, the ministry said.
Domestic media said Monday that the agreement could become an instrument for
a regular and sustained dialogue between the two countries on defence issues.
Mukherjee held meetings with his Chinese counterpart Cao Gangchuan and
Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on Monday, then met with Premier Wen Jiabao on
During his five-day trip, Mukherjee will also visit military bases in Beijing
and Shanghai as well as in Lanzhou, the capital of northwest China's Gansu
province, the Indian embassy said.
China-India relations have improved in recent years as both countries have
made efforts to complement instead of compete with each other's growth.
However, the two still have not resolved a decades-old border dispute -- the
result of a brief but bitter conflict in 1962.