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China, India resume military dialogue

By Hu Yinan (China Daily)

08:46, December 08, 2011

BEIJING - China and India are due to start their fourth Annual Defense Dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday, as military leaders from the world's two most populous nations resume their highest-level and most intensive exchanges yet after a freeze of nearly two years.

During the two-day talks, Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, and Indian Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma are expected to discuss regional security, military exchanges and confidence-building measures on the border between the two nations.

Earlier reports from New Delhi indicated that discussions on a joint military exercise next year would also be part of the talks.

The drill, codenamed "Hand-to-Hand", has been on hold since 2008, when the first bilateral Annual Defense Dialogue was held.

The Telegraph India website said the Annual Defense Dialogue "has assumed greater symbolism" after scheduled talks on border dispute management between the two countries were deferred.

Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon was scheduled to meet State Councilor Dai Bingguo for the talks in New Delhi on Nov 28 and 29. The talks were canceled at the last minute. Neither of the two sides has commented on why.

Earlier, bilateral military exchanges suffered a year-long setback over a visa dispute. India halted military exchanges in July 2010 after China provided a stapled visa instead of a stamped one for the then head of India's Northern Army Command.

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PD User at 2011-12-1062.74.210.*
Here might be some ideas on how to alleviate the problem of Jammu and Kashmir.1. The region west of Ladakh, including the opposite side of the Line of Control, could become a separate little country, not unlike Bhutan.2. This might also motivate China to then acquiesce as to their small part of Ladakh as well.3. A more firm understanding as to a nuclear relative parity between India and Pakistan could then be reached.4. India might then be motivated to discontinue the guerrilla training camp at Dharamsala.5. After all of this, India might even then be able to flat out announce that their nuclear arsenal does not require permission from the West, even if they are not yet a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.6. By then, it would seem that relations between China and India would be impressively improved, thereby giving that much more credence to the concept of the BRIC countries.
Mishra,India at 2011-12-082.50.229.*
Its a good thing to happen,both countries must set aside unproductive egos.Its the Asian century and for that the two neighbors have no other option than to cooperate.This dialogue will only strengthen BRICS and as i said before BRICS has a greater role to play than just being an economic bloc.

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