(TibetanReview.net, Jul28, 2018) – In a development seen as an improvement in defence relations between the two countries, China’s State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe is to visit India, with the date being under discussion between the two sides, reported China’s official globaltimes.cn Jul 26.
Calling it a sign of the recovering of military relations after the Doklam standoff last year, the report quoted Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang as saying at a routine press conference, “Defense departments of China and India are communicating about the visit. Related information will be released at proper time.”
The visit is taking place on invitation from India’s Defence Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman.
The report quoted Qian Feng, a research fellow at the National Strategy Institute of Tsinghua University, as saying, “It signals that relations between the People’s Liberation Army of China and Indian army have generally recovered… China attaches great importance to relations between the two armies.”
“The military relationship has entered a positive development track with overall improvement and a warming trend in political relations between the two countries.”
“The two armies are actively implementing the achievements of the two countries’ leaders at the Wuhan Summit,” Qian was further quoted as saying.
Qian also sees Wei’s upcoming visit as indicating that the visit to India in early July by Liu Xiaowu, deputy commander of China’s Western Theater Command, was successful.
Ren has said Liu had visited India from Jul 2 to 6, during which he forged a consensus with his Indian counterparts in practicing the consensus reached by two countries’ leaders, enhancing the control of risk at the border area, expanding joint tactical drills, strengthening culture and sport interactions between the border defense forces, and jointly safeguarding peace and stability at border areas.