PLA chief to iron out details of border pact
The PLA chief will meet Indian military and political leaders in New Delhi today, a sign of warming ties between the nuclear neighbours.
Officials said General Liang Guanglie, the PLA's chief of general staff, and Indian counterpart General J.J. Singh would discuss confidence-building measures aimed at promoting peace on the border.
'They will work out details of a broad agreement signed during Premier Wen Jiabao's March visit for dealing with inadvertent border intrusions by armed forces from either side,' said a senior Indian official.
The generals are expected to discuss steps such as military-to-military exchanges. The festering border row is also likely to be taken up.
General Liang will also meet Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash and air force chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi, as well as National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan during his four-day visit.
Indian Defence Ministry officials said General Liang would tour defence headquarters in New Delhi, a paratrooper training school and air force base in Agra, the Southern Command in Pune, and the Western Naval Command and its offices in Maharashtra and Goa.
General Singh's predecessor, General N.C. Vij, visited the mainland in December.
The two countries fought a brief border war in 1962.
They held their first joint military exercises, involving a handful of naval ships off the mainland's eastern seaboard, in 2003.
But points of contention continue to plague the relationship. The mainland and India share a 3,500km border, and each side claims the other occupies some of its territory.
Negotiations to recognise the post-war Line of Control as a permanent border are progressing slowly.