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Military cooperation a sign of warmer relations

By  Qin Zhongwei and Zhao Shengnan  (China Daily)

08:26, September 05, 2012

The defense ministers of China and India on Tuesday agreed to restart joint military exercises after a four-year hiatus, a sign of warming relations between the two countries , analysts said.

Indian Defense Minister A.K. Anthony told reporters about the decision to restart military exercises after holding talks with his Chinese counterpart, Liang Guanglie, in New Delhi.

China's Defense Minister Liang Guanglie shakes hands with his Indian counterpart A. K. Antony (third from right) after their meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. Liang's visit is expected to improve bilateral ties of the two neighboring countries. B Mathur / Reuters

Chinese and Indian troops took part in their first joint drills, which had a counterterrorism theme, in China in 2007 and in India a year after that. But no exercises have taken place since.

"We covered a lot about the situation in the South Asia, Asia-Pacific region. We had a very frank and open discussion on all issues," Anthony said.

Along with the situation in the South Asia and Asia-Pacific region, the two ministers also "had a very frank and heart-to-heart discussion on all the issues ... including in the border areas", Antony said.

Liang said he had a "candid and practical discussion with the defense minister", and "there was now a mutual desire to move forward".

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