National Defence Bureau,
Udhampur (J&K), 08 JAN 2020
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander is on a strategically significant five day visit to China. The General is leading a high level military delegation which will hold talks with top Generals of the People’s Liberation Army, as well as visit vital military and civil establishments in Beijing, Chengdu, Urumqi & Shanghai to exchange views on measures for furthering peace and tranquility.
The visit comes close on the heels of Joint Military Exercise ‘Hand-in Hand 2019’ recently held between the two Nations in the Eastern Theatre in Meghalaya. There has been a marked increase in mutual co-ordination between Armies of both the countries and a will to foster friendly relations between them.
In a historic meeting, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh called on Gen Han Weiguo, Commander of the PLA Ground Forces. The two Generals discussed issues having strategic ramifications to include regional security environment, joint training and measures to enhance peace and tranquility along the borders.
General Ranbir’s visit is the second ever such visit by Northern Army Commander to China, earlier being in 2015. The visit will serve as a milestone by cementing the mutual ties between the two countries. This will achieve the twin aims of high level military co-operation and stabilizing the sensitive borders of both the countries.
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