Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the China MND on India China Defence Relations
Question: Recently, India and China held consultations and dialogues at different levels. During the recent 9th China-India Annual Defense and Security Consultation, the two sides exchanged in-depth views on border issues. It was followed by the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question. Both sides will hold the “Hand-in-Hand” joint military exercise next month. What is your comment on the China-India defense exchanges and high-level defense dialogue?
Answer: On Nov. 13, Deputy Chief of Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) Lt. Gen. Shao Yuanming and Indian Defense Secretary Mr. Sanjay Mitra co-hosted the 9th China-India Annual Defense and Security Consultation in Beijing. The two sides held in-depth discussion on the relations between China and India and the two militaries, border control and cooperation, as well as international and regional security situations of common concern. The two sides agreed to follow the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries to push forward the bilateral military relationship in the principle of maintaining border stability, enhancing mutual trust, developing friendship and deepening cooperation. The two sides also agreed to pass the relevant consensus between the two heads of state on border issues to functional departments and front-line troops, so as to ensure the peace and tranquility in the China-India border areas.
Through consultation between China and India, the 7th China-Indian “Hand-in-Hand” Army Joint Training Exercise will be held in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province from Dec. 10 to 23. Each side will send 100 participants. Subjects of the joint training will include adaptive training, basic training, live-fire shooting and comprehensive drills. The two sides’ troops are actively preparing for the training now. The joint training can help promote mutual trust and understanding, deepen practical exchanges and cooperation between troops and improve their capabilities in counter-terrorism.
The joint training is also a reflection of the military-to-military relationship between China and India. As shown in the name of the joint exercise, “Hand-in-Hand” means that the two militaries should work together to bring benefits to the two countries and peoples.