India and China hold third Annual Defence Dialogue

Beijing, Jan. 14 (ANI): The third India-China Annual Defence Dialogue took place in Beijing on Monday in which both sides agreed to expand and enhance bilateral exchanges covering the Army, Navy and Air Force of both countries.

Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma led the Indian side and the Chinese Deputy Chief of General Staff General Qi Jianguo headed the Chinese side.

The discussion took place in a friendly and cooperative atmosphere and in a forward-looking manner.

The two sides discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of common interests including the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and the border areas.

The two sides agreed to advance mutual strategic trust and also enhance mutually beneficial practical cooperation.

The two sides reviewed the ongoing measures to maintain peace and tranquility on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and agreed upon a plan of bilateral military exchanges for 2013, which includes conduct of the next joint military exercise. (ANI)

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