Friday, December 9, 2011

Distance makes the heart grow fonder?

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India- China Dialogue

Neelam Mathews
Dec 9, 2011

The 4th India-China Annual Defense Dialogue (ADD) was conducted with  Defense Secretary, Shashi Kant leading the Indian representatives and Gen. Ma Xiaotian, Deputy Chief of General Staff, PLA the Chinese.

The delayed talks were held in the background of China’s objections to Dalai Lama’s addressing a non- religious gathering in New Delhi.

The Annual Defense Dialogue (ADD) was established under the provisions of the MOU for 'Exchanges and Cooperation in the field of Defense', signed between both the countries in May 2006.

According to the MoD statement: “The 4th ADD was conducted in “an atmosphere of cordiality and both sides were frank and constructive in their approach during the deliberations”, says a statement. The Indian and Chinese sides shared regional and global security perceptions. Both sides agreed that enhancement of defense exchanges between the Armed Forces of India and China would contribute to better understanding and mutual trust and confidence building.”

The two nations also discussed the program of defense exchanges during 2012 and agreed that the range and scope of exchanges at various levels would be gradually enhanced.

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