Indian, Chinese Military Officers May Soon Train With Each Other


Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s China visit, the two nations are likely to discuss the possibilities of training their officers at military training academies in each other country. The move is seen as an effort to build better ties between the two armed forces and it will be closely watched by Moscow, Japan and US.

Indian military training establishments allow mid-level officers from "friendly foreign countries" - like USA, Sri Lanka, Africa, Philippines, Vietnam etc - to train alongside Indian officers in their courses. Indian officers too train at foreign military schools.

The modalities will be discussed during the Annual Defence Dialogue (ADD) that begins in Beijing today. The Indian side is led by Defence Secretary R. K Mathur.

Officials from the two countries will also finalise setting up four meeting points along the India-China border in Leh to quickly resolve stand-offs. The meeting points identified are - Track Junction, Pangang Tso Lake, Demchock and Chumar.

They are also expected to discuss the expansion of the scope of annual military exercise, Hand in Hand, between India and China.

The two sides are also likely to discuss how to better implement the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement or BDCA, which was agreed upon in October 2013 after a series of transgressions by Chinese troops, one of which resulted in a stand-off for over a month leading to heightened tension between the neighbours.

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