NEW DELHI _ India and China, who fought a bloody war in 1962, have decided to
start periodic joint military training exercises, an Indian Defense Ministry
statement said Tuesday.
The decision was made during the Indian army Chief Gen. J.J. Singh's weeklong
visit to China, which ended on Monday, the statement said.
It did not give dates of when the first joint maneuvers would take place, or
any further details.
India and China were suspicious neighbors for decades after a brief war in
1962 over border disagreements, but relations have warmed in recent years.
Still, the dispute over the 129,500 sq.-kilometer (50,000 square-mile) area
along their mountainous frontier remains unresolved.
In April 2005, the two countries signed an agreement to forge a "strategic
partnership." Last year, India and China signed a memorandum of understanding to
institutionalize training and exercise exchanges and other contacts.
During his weeklong visit to China, Singh visited operational formations and
higher military training institutions like Academy of Military Sciences in
Beijing, the statement said.