Border tension tops the agenda in New Delhi talks PLA chief Liang Guanglie has started talks in New Delhi with senior Indian defence officials aimed at reducing tension along the nuclear neighbours' disputed border. An Indian military spokesman said General Liang and his Indian counterpart, General J.J. Singh, discussed several confidence-building measures in South Block, the headquarters of the country's armed forces. 'The meetings were held in a cordial atmosphere and were very fruitful,' he said. During the talks, a source said India invited China to attend war games in the Rajasthan desert, near the border with Pakistan, as an observer next month. The two countries' navies have also agreed to hold their second joint exercise. The first joint exercise, involving a handful of naval ships off China's eastern seaboard, was held in 2003. General Liang, also a member of China's powerful Central Military Commission, arrived in India on Monday leading an 18-member delegation. It is the first visit by a PLA chief since 1998. He returns to the mainland on Saturday after visiting Agra, Mumbai and Pune. He is also scheduled to meet Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Officials said the two sides discussed ways to tackle 'accidental border-crossings by soldiers into each other's territories'. Earlier this month India accused Chinese soldiers of intruding into Arunachal Pradesh - a charge Beijing denied. 'They also discussed measures to deal with air violations,' an official said, adding the two sides agreed on closer contact between military training facilities and regular exchanges of middle-level army officers. General Liang's trip comes a month after Premier Wen Jiabao travelled to India in a visit described by both sides as historic. During Mr Wen's four-day visit, the two Asian giants signed an accord that sets out a road map for resolving an ongoing border dispute. Despite a thaw in bilateral ties, India says China is occupying 38,000 square kilometres of Indian territory in Kashmir illegally ceded to it by Pakistan in the 1950s. Beijing, in turn, claims that the remote 90,000 square kilometre Indian-administered state of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to China. A formal ceasefire line has not been established, but the unsettled frontier has remained largely peaceful, thanks to agreements signed in 1993 and 1996.