Indian army delegation visits Tibet

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  1. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Feb 23, 2009
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    DHARAMSHALA, August 1: China’s Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie has expressed his desire to visit India to bolster defence ties after an Indian army delegation reportedly made a rare visit to Tibet last month.

    Although details are scare, the multi command Indian military delegation headed by a Major General made a day long visit to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital on July 11 and interacted with the officers of a Chinese military regiment based there.

    The visit, seen as efforts by both the Asian giants at improving military ties, was hosted by the Chengdu Military Region, responsible for guarding the disputed border with India.

    Recently, Ambassador S Jaishankar became the first Indian envoy to travel to Tibet in a decade. His visit came on the heels of New Delhi’s request to re-open its consulate in Lhasa, fifty years after it was shut following the 1962 border war between India and China.

    The last time an Indian military delegation visited Tibet was in August 2009, when Lt Gen V.K. Singh, then Army Commander, Eastern Command paid a weeklong visit to Tibet and China.

    According to The Hindu, General Liang will likely visit New Delhi in September, shortly before the 18th Party Congress opens in Beijing to finalise China’s once in a decade leadership change.

    The paper quoted sources as saying that the Indian government has “responded positively” to his proposal.

    India and China, after becoming neighbours in 1959 with China’s occupation of Tibet, have shared strained military relations that even saw a complete suspension of defence exchanges in 2010 for more than one year.

    The People’s Liberation Army had refused to host the then head of the Northern Command, Lieutenant General B.S. Jaswal, on the grounds that he was serving in the “sensitive” region of Jammu and Kashmir.

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  3. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2009
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    not to be negative - but it really is a sign of dragon's sense of confidence in their capture of tibet

    and we should never fell that all this show and dance means a lesser chance of military conflict

    the dragon is still very much a dragon - i hope we never forget that !
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012
  4. ejazr

    ejazr Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Oct 8, 2009
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    ^^^^ I think its also an indication that China does not want to stir the South Asian pot right now and is more focussed (and worried) about its East and the South China sea issue. Overall this is good for us because the more China is busy on the east, the more time we have to develop our economy and capability with respect to China.

    If China has restarted mil-to-mil ties it should be welcome and at the same time, there should be no let down on our core issues i.e. J&K and Arunachal Pradesh, terrorism emanating from Pakistan and the reduction of large trade deficit between us

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