Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur called on the Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan, this morning. Ambassador Ashok K Kantha was present during this meeting. During the meeting, Defence Secretary discussed various aspects of Defence relations between the two countries.Defence Secretary extended an invitation to Chinese Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan on behalf of Mr Manohar Parrikar Raksha Mantri to visit India.The Chinese Defence Minister accepted the invitation.
The 7th Annual Defence and Security Dialogue between India and China was also held in Beijing today. The meeting was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur and Deputy Chief of General Staff Admiral Sun Jianguo.
Both sides recalled the successful state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India in September last year, and the substantive outcomes and understandings reached, including in the military sphere. The two sides noted that the leadership of both countries had recognized the maintenance of peace and tranquility on the borders as an important guarantor for the development and growth of the bilateral relationship between both countries.
During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on a number of regional and global security issues of mutual interest including the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region.
They agreed on the need to expand military cooperation and for identifying new avenues of engagement. Indian side welcomed the proposed visit of Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong to India in the second half of 2015.
Both sides took note of the successful conduct of the Joint Army exercise in India in 2014 and agreed to conduct the next joint Army exercise in China in 2015.