As part of confidence building measures, India and China are close to establishing a hotline between the two military headquarters.
To deal with issues along their disputed border, China said it is “positive” towards the proposal, China’s Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar during a meeting in Beijing, a report suggested.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar being received by his Chinese counterpart Gen. Chang Wanquan at the PLA headquarters in Beijing thehindu
“The Chinese have returned the draft of the memorandum on establishing a hotline between the two military headquarters. The issue should be closed within one or two months,” said Parrikar.
The defence minister said he raised the issue of clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with his interlocutors in order to ensure “stability at the border.”
China lays claim to more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) ruled by New Delhi in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. India says China occupies 38,000 sq km (14,600 sq miles) of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west.
Parrikar had met China’s highest military official Gen Fan Changlong, the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, which is the overall commanding body of the 2.3 million strong military. It is headed by President Xi Jinping.
Experts see the move as gradual easing of the long-existing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Chang “also suggested the two sides strengthen defence exchanges and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility of the border area”, the media report said.
During talks, the defence minister also raised the negative fallout of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
(CPEC) from Gwadar to Kashgar
. “We have made our stand very clear and expressed strong reservations in regards to China’s activity in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).”
While the Chinese defence establishment, took note of India’s concerns on CPEC, it in turn explained that is an economic project and has nothing to do with defence or military aspect.
Parikkar has also conveyed India’s reservations to Chinese leaders over Beijing blocking its efforts to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.
“We expressed what happened in the UN is not in the right direction and they have to take a common line on terrorism which is in the interests of India and China,” Parrikar said.
Last month, China had vetoed India’s bid to get Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN Sanctions Committee, maintaining that the case “did not meet the requirements” of the Security Council.