China on Wednesday called for greater cooperation with Delhi on strengthening cooperation on counter-terrorism including sharing of active intelligence.
A seven-member Chinese delegation led by Assistant Minister of Public Security Chen Zhimin met Union home minister Shivraj Patil and indicated Beijing’s interest in strengthening strategic ties between the two countries. Zhimin is learnt to have laid special emphasis on intelligence sharing at Wednesday’s meeting.
The meeting to review progress made on the Memorandum of Understanding signed during Patil’s visit to Beijing in September last year comes ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to India from Monday. Patil is learnt to have spoken of the need for deepening counter-terror cooperation in all its aspects.
Among the major agreements planned for signing during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit next week is a political agreement intended to "flesh out the parameters of the bilateral strategic partnership" between India and China. The two countries have developed a strategic partnership that remains largely undefined in its scope. This agreement is aimed at talking of additional cooperation, including information and intelligence exchanges to counter terrorism.
India's approach, an analyst clarified, was "how best to manage the difficult relationship" with China, with which commercial ties are rapidly expanding, but political trust is "deficient."
India is aware of the dimensions of China's relationship with Pakistan, but does not raise the matter as it wants to develop its own set of relations with China, with which it already has a long-standing border dispute to settle.
At the review meeting of the MoU, the Chinese delegation is learnt to have detailed the security situation in their country and invited home ministry officials to see first-hand the four police universities that they had established. Patil, who has been pushing for a National Police University, is learnt to have been impressed with the Chinese concept of establishing a university specialising in a particular aspect of policing, public order, criminal investigation and armed police.