India, China to undertake military exercise in December

WION Delhi, India Oct 19, 2018, 08.18 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

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China and India have been trying to engage since the Doklam incident last year had put ties under strain.

India and China will resume there annual bilateral exercise this December. The exercise will take place Chengdu, China and will see the participation of around 48 officers and 100 other personnel. The exercise did not take place last year due to the Doklam incident. 

China and India have been trying to engage since the Doklam incident last year had put ties under strain. Indian PM Modi and Chinese president have met three times in the past few months.

They first met at the famous informal summit in Wuhan, followed by a meet on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Summit and then in Johannesburg on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

They will be meeting again on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Argentina next month. The summit will take place from November 20 to December 1. This will be the 4th meeting between the two leaders this year.

India and China have also been trying to engage with each other especially in Afghanistan. This week both began the joint training of Afghan diplomats which was agreed during Wuhan informal summit.

Speaking exclusively to WION, China's Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said, "training of diplomats is just the first step. I am sure in future, discussion will be on how to upgrade and cooperate on other concrete projects. This is just the beginning for China, India to cooperate on Afghan issues. Its implementation of Wuhan spirit."

At the end of this week, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi will visit India. In December, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi will visit India and launch the first meeting of China-India High Level People-to-People Exchanges Mechanism.