An eight-member delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army headed
14th Apr 2014
An eight-member delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army headed by its Deputy Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Qi Jiangua will be on a two-day visit to India on April 22 and 23, as part of the two nations’ bid to ramp up military ties. The Chinese delegation will be in Delhi, where it would meet Defence Minister A K Antony and Army chief General Bikram Singh, Defence Ministry officials said here on Friday.
The visit is part of the efforts by the two sides to increase their delegation visits to each other’s national capital for interaction among the armed forces’ top brass, part of decisions taken during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Beijing in October last.
The delegation, under Qi, will essentially hold the first-ever talks with the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operation which too was agreed upon during Manmohan Singh’s Beijing visit, officials said. India and China had signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement in October 2013 aimed at maintaining peace along the Line of Actual Control.