India, China decide to expand military cooperation

India, China decide to expand military cooperation

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New Delhi, Aug 24: In a major forward movement to deepen defence cooperation and strategic ties between India and China, both the countries on Thursday decided to draft a fresh memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation and step up strategic communication and "expand" the engagements between their armed forces.

The idea is to keep interaction at unit level and also the commander level. China is said to have agreed for a hotline at the level of the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and wants additional telephonic contact points that can address multiple issues.

"It was decided to expand the engagement relating to training, joint exercises and other professional interactions," said a statement from the Indian government after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met her visiting Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe here. (UNI)