Chief of Army Staff visits China
Chief of Army Staff visits China

Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, leading a high level military delegation officers was on a four-day visit to China from November 21-24. The delegation comprised four senior army officers, holding key appointments in the Indian Army. During the four-day visit the General along with the delegation visited important military installations and met a number of high ranking dignitaries of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Central Military Commission (CMC).

General Dalbir Singh, COAS, was welcomed by General Li Zuocheng, Commander, PLA with a Guard of Honour at the Bayi building on November 21. Later, both held official talks in which a wide range of issues of mutual interest were discussed. General Dalbir Singh extended an invitation to General Li to visit India. General Li accepted the invitation and said he hoped to visit India soon. General Singh and General Li also noted with appreciation the 6th India-China Joint Training Exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand’ 2016 which was held in Pune in November and agreed to further expand defence exchanges between the two armies.

Chief of Army Staff visits China

General Dalbir Singh also called on General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman, CMC. During the call both reiterated their desire to keep up the momentum of defence exchanges and the need to maintain peace at the borders. General Singh extended an invitation to General Xu to visit India, which was accepted.

General Dalbir Singh also visited Xian and Nanjing where he had an interaction with General Liu Yuejun, Commander of the Eastern Theatre Command.

The visit was aimed at engaging China on subjects of mutual concern and shared interest, which include terrorism, humanitarian assistance and peace keeping training. This visit comes amidst growing stronger economic and military ties between the emerging Asian giants and follows high level diplomatic and military exchanges between the two neighbours. The visit will be followed by that of General Zhao Zongqi, Commander, Western Theatre Command of PLA in the second week of December 2016.

Chief of Army Staff visits China


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