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India, China agree to step up military exchanges

16 November 2018

India and China have agreed to augment reciprocal visits by defence personnel in an effort to enhance communication between the armies of the nuclear-armed neighbours.

At the 9th Annual Defence and Security Dialogue held in Beijing on 13 November the two sides also agreed to enhance joint military training exercises as part of a set of bilateral confidence-building measures.

Indian Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming from China’s Central Military Commission headed their respective delegations at this year's meeting, which was called off last year following a 72-day stand-off between the Indian Army (IA) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the Doklam tri-junction, which is situated along the disputed borders between India, China, and Bhutan.

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