Indo-China border: Antony stresses on trust

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 06, 2013 13:15 hrs

Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said Indian and Chinese military forces need to have mutual trust and respect to maintain peace along the Indo-China border.

During his visit to the National Defence University (NDU) of the People´s Liberation Army (PLA) here, Antony told its Political Commissar General Liu Yazhou: "If the military leadership on both sides from the top to the ground formations can maintain both trust and mutual respect, and confidence, then it is easy to maintain peace and tranquility at the border areas."

Antony and Liu mutually agreed to enhance military exchanges between China´s NDU and India´s National Defence Academy (NDA).

Antony on Friday held delegation level talks with his Chinese counterpart Gen Chang Wanquan in Beijing to discuss a number of issues relating to bilateral defence relations, exchanges and interactions between the Ministries of Defence and Armed Forces of both countries and the regional and international security situation.

Antony who is on a four-day official visit to China also called on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Li and the Defence Minister conveyed that the new leadership in China attaches great importance to developing friendly and cooperative relations with India.

Antony conveyed that India reciprocates the sentiment and looks forward to building the relationship further on a foundation of mutual trust and confidence and based on mutual respect for each other's concerns.

In the discussions between the two Defence Ministers, measures to promote mutual trust and confidence building between the Armed Forces were discussed.

It was agreed that 'strategic communication' is required for building trust and understanding.

Both sides agreed on the need to maintain peace, tranquility and stability on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

"It was acknowledged that the border issue is a remnant of history which both sides are making efforts to resolve and it was agreed that the Special Representatives mechanism should continue to work towards a solution," the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Both sides also agreed that they will make joint efforts to maintain peace and tranquility on the borders and take measures to strengthen communication and coordination at various levels between the border guarding forces.

Among the measures for practical cooperation discussed was the conduct of the third joint Army exercise in China in October 2013.

Both sides also agreed that the Navies and Air Forces of both countries will also undertake enhanced professional exchanges.

Earlier on his arrival at the Bayi PLA Headquarters, Antony was given a tri-Services guard of honour.

On Saturday, Antony is expected to have further meetings in Beijing and will also be visiting an Air Force unit in Tianjin.

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