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LinkAsia | Jan 11
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China is also involved in a long-standing territorial dispute with India. Both countries claim a strip of land way up in the Himalayas, over which they fought a short, indecisive war back in 1962. Given all its problems with its neighbors in the Pacific, China's been anxious to keep relations with India smooth. Here's CCTV on a recent visit by China's defense minister to New Delhi.
Military cooperation and a sign of warming ties. The world is watching as China's defense minister visits India for the first time in nearly a decade. Liang Guanglie
Was welcomed by Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony at a high profile ceremony. Talks between the two defense ministers produced results with an agreement to restart military exercises after a four- year hiatus. Other issues discussed included the South China Sea and long-standing border disputes. Liang described the talks as candid and practical, and spoke of a mutual desire to move forward.
Liang Guanglie, Chinese National Defense Minister:
We had a very frank and heart to heart discussion on many important issues including the border areas. We have reached a consensus on high level visits and exchange of personnel, maritime security and cooperation between the two navies.
Meanwhile, Antony said he'd accept an invitation from Liang to visit China.
A.K. Antony, Indian Defense Minister:
He has invited me to see China. I have accepted his invitation for some time next year.
During his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, General Liang said China would like to further strengthen mutual trust and cooperation in order to promote military relations with India. He said the two neighboring countries should continue developing their already stable bilateral relationship. Stressing that the India-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral ties in the world, Singh said relations between the two countries have attained a global importance. Liang arrived in India on Sunday following a visit to Sri Lanka. After leaving India he'll be heading to Laos for the last stop of his three nation tour. Fintan Monaghan. CCTV.
India's in the middle of a ten year, 6 billion dollar effort to build roads, rail lines and landing strips close to the contested Himalayan territory. It's also reinforcing its garrison and putting in missile pads in an effort to match China's military buildup on the other side of the border.