`China wants to enhance military ties with India`

With an Indian army delegation visiting China after a year-long hiatus, Beijing today said it would make "considerable" efforts to enhance exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries.

Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 15:22 PM IST

Beijing: With an Indian army delegation
visiting China after a year-long hiatus, Beijing today said it
would make "considerable" efforts to enhance exchanges and
cooperation between the two militaries.

"Military exchange is an important part of China-India
relations. China would like to make considerable effort with
the Indian side to enhance the exchange and cooperation
between the two militaries," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong
Lei told a media briefing, when asked about the current visit
of the Indian army delegation.

The eight-member multi-command delegation, which is
headed by Maj Gen Gurmeet Singh of the Northern Command of the
Indian army, arrived here on June 19 on a week-long visit.

The team would also visit Xinjiang and Shanghai and tour
the local military installations and hold talks with the
officials of those units.

This is the first visit of an Indian military team to
China in about a year as an earlier delegation to be headed by
the then Lt Gen B S Jaswal of the Northern Command cancelled
its tour last year after China declined to provide regular
visa to him on the ground that he headed troops in Jammu and
Kashmir.

The defence exchanges resumed after the two countries
sorted out their differences.

PTI