Chinese military delegation to visit India

13 Nov 2015 | By Vaneet Randhawa

In order to bolster confidence building measures (CBMs) along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control, a high-level Chinese military commission will be coming to India to discuss such issues.

The delegation will be led by General Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of Central Military Commission (highest-ranking Chinese general) and will be in India from 15 to 17 November.

There will be 26 members on the delegation.

In context: India-China bolstering military understanding

23 Oct 2013India-China sign Defence Cooperation Agreement

On 23 October 2013, India and China inked nine agreements/ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which included the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA).

The primary goal of the BDCA was to prevent border face-offs and army tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The 2 nations decided to not use military capability to strike the other side nor send armies along the Indo-Sino border.

India-China border

The McMahon Line, which India considers as the official border with China, was a part of the 1914 Simla Convention between British India and Tibet, an agreement rejected by China.
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Each side sought to "build on the mutual feeling to uphold the treaties and agreements".

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The growing forays by "Chinese diesel-electric as well as nuclear submarines" in the Indian Ocean have further bolstered the concern in India of being strategically surrounded.

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13 Nov 2015Chinese military delegation to visit India

Reaffirmation of ties between Beijing and Islamabad

The Chinese delegation headed to India will be coming to the Indian heartland via Pakistan, confirming China's strategic ties with Pakistan.