India, China keen to expand defence ties

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
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  • Updated: Jul 06, 2013 18:18 IST

India and China are set to expand their defence ties beginning with a joint army exercise in October in China after a gap of six years, defence minister AK Antony said.

Antony, who had back-to-back meetings Premier Li Keqiang and defence minister, Chang Wanquan on Friday, said the new leadership wants to expand its relationship with India.

Antony avoided questions on the recent Chinese incursion in Depsang or the comments made by a People's Liberation Army general on Thursday that India should stop provoking China and stirring up trouble at the border.

The two countries are expected to issue a joint communique on defence on Saturday that will detail the plans for cooperation between two countries.

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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif received a red carpet welcome from Keqiang on his arrival at the Great Hall of the People. There was a 19-gun salute to herald the arrival of Sharif. Sharif told his Chinese counterpart their countries' relationship was "sweeter than honey".


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