Army chief holds talks with top brass of PLA

Army chief general Bikram Singh, who is in China on a four-day official visit, on Thursday held talks with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chief of General Staff Fang Fenghui in Beijing.
The Indian army chief’s visit to China comes after a nine year gap. The then army chief Gen NC Viz had visited China in 2005.

Later in the day, Gen Singh was scheduled to meet vice-chairman of China’s Military Commission Gen. Fan Changlong, the all powerful body headed by president Xi Jinping which controls all wings of the armed forces. Gen. Singh, also the chairman of the tri-services Chiefs of Staff Committee, was scheduled to meet vice-president Li Yuanchao besides vice executive Foreign minister Zhang Yesui.
On Friday, he is due to address cadets of the National Defence University here and later travel to Shanghai on 5 July where he would visit a Chinese naval ship.

Commenting on Gen. Singh’s visit, the PLA said it is of ‘great significance’ as it aimed at strengthening high-level strategic communication and mutual trust between the two militaries.
The visit is of great significance as it contributes to healthy and steady development of Sino-Indian relations as well as the ties between the two armed forces and create a good atmosphere, the
Chinese Defence Ministry told PTI.
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