Top defence brass meets Chinese delegation

Top Indian defence brass has met a Chinese delegation which is here on a 5-day visit to take forward bilateral ties between the two countries.

Updated: Dec 02, 2009, 23:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Top Indian defence brass today
met a Chinese delegation which is here on a five-day visit to
take forward bilateral relations between the two countries
and to plan for future joint military exercises.

The Chinese delegation led by Peoples Liberation Army
(PLA) deputy chief General Gezen-feng had meeting with IAF
chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik and Navy chief Admiral Nirmal
Verma and the two sides discussed possibilities of holding
joint exercises in the future.

The delegation could not meet Army chief General
Deepak Kapoor, as he was away in Meerut, Defence Ministry
sources said here.

The Chinese team is scheduled to meet Defence Minister
A K Antony and Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar to discuss on
the scope for bolstering the bilateral confidence building
measures later during their visit that will end on December 6.

The visit, which comes in the wake of reports of
Chinese Army nibbling in Indian territory all along the Line
of Actual Control (LAC).

Soon after, another Chinese delegation led by Tibet
Military Regional Command commander-in-chief Lt Gen Shu Yutai
will be in India from December 11, officials said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Chinese delegation visit
and his discussions with it, Verma told reporters that India
and China shared common concerns and whatever appeared in the
respective media was not to be misunderstood.