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.
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.
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).”
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.
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.