The Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Monday held discussions with his Chinese counterpart General Li Zuocheng. These talks coincided with the sixth India-China Joint Army Training Exercise currently underway in India.
The two armies have also maintained civility on the border by greeting each other on festivals and interacting on designated days. On the other hand, the foreign offices have sparred over the US envoy in India visiting Arunachal Pradesh that China claims is Lower Tibet, the block on India's entry into the coveted Nuclear Suppliers' Group and China's plan for a spur of the One Belt One Road that will pass through parts of Kashmir under Pakistani control.
But the Indian Army chief was given access to General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the powerful China Military Commission headed by President Xi Jinpeng. Both of them wanted to keep up the momentum of defense exchanges and ensure the borders are tranquil and peaceful, said a statement from the Indian Ministry of Defense said.
General Singh will also visit key Chinese military installations in Xian and Nanjing and also interact with the chief of Chinese forces facing India, General Liu Yuejun.
The visit coincides with the joint military exercise that aims to share expertise in drills and practices while tackling insurgency and terrorism.