New Delhi: India will send a high-level army
delegation to China before the end of next month soon after
the Annual Defence Dialogue (ADD) between the two countries on
December 9 with an aim to improve the bilateral ties.
"Both sides will undertake a further round of delegation
exchanges before December-end," the Defence Ministry said in a
The military delegation could be led either by a
Lieutenant General or a Major General.
The delegation will visit China after India and China
hold the fourth round of their ADD here on December 9.
"The dialogue will be chaired by Defence Secretary
Shashikant Sharma and the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the
Chinese PLA, Gen Ma Xiaotian will lead the Chinese side
there," the Ministry said.
This will be the third such exchange of visits between
the two countries this year.
After a freeze over visa row, India had sent a
multi-command delegation under Maj Gen Gurmeet Singh from June
19-23 after which a delegation from the Chinese Army visited
here for interactions with their Indian Army counterparts from
During the ADD, both sides will exchange perspectives on
regional and global security issues and also review the
ongoing Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) on the borders.
The two sides will discuss their military exchange
programmes for the next year including the resumption of their
joint hand-to-hand Army exercise.