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India & China Agree  to Maintain Peace and Tranquility in Border Areas

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New Delhi.  16 November,  2015.  This is the highest level defence delegation to visit India in the recent years.   The visit signifies the enhanced defence exchanges between India and China.  Gen. Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission of People’s Republic of China is currently on a visit to India.

During the meeting with Defence Minister, the two sides agreed to implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping to ensure peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas.  Gen. Fan and Defence Minister were of the view that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is the cornerstone for smooth development of bilateral relations in diverse areas.

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They felt that two armed forces shoulder important responsibilities for maintenance of peace and tranquillity and agreed to further enhance communications and exchanges between the two armed forces. They welcomed the operationalization of additional border personnel meeting points.  They reviewed the ongoing exchanges and expressed satisfaction at the bilateral military exercise Hand-in-Hand. Taking note of the intensification of defence exchanges, Indian side welcomed the proposal for the visit of Commander of Lanzhou Military region to India early next year.

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Both the nations condemned the recent terrorist attack in Paris and agreed to strengthen cooperation to fight together this menace of terrorism including at the international level. India also offered to share India’s expertise in fighting terrorism through joint exercises .

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Gen. Fan extended an invitation to Manohar Parrikar to visit China.  The Defence Minister has accepted the invitation.  The dates will be decided through diplomatic channels.

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