India Intelligence Report
 

   India-China Strengthen Military Training

 

India and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would institutionalize military training and exercises to add enough punch to the faltering strategic relationship. The MoU will also be a vehicle through which defense experts, officials, and personnel of both countries could meet on a regular basis and engage in dialogue on defense issues.

Calling visiting Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee an “esteemed guest” his counterpart Gen. Cao Gangchuan said that the visit will “deepen our mutual understanding and mutual cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.” Mukherjee placated his host with the excessive use of the word “great” describing China, its achievements, and the Army.

Calling theories that say that the US is cultivating India with the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal as a counter-weight to China “outdated,” Mukherjee allayed fears of his interlocutors that India was not involved in a “theater of competition.” Emphasizing the need for strong neighborly relations, he wanted stronger Army and Air Force ties. Currently, India and China have had joint naval exercises and sending observers to each others’ mock exercises. This MoU creates a longer term vehicle for closer cooperation.

Mukherjee raised concerns of growing military buildup in Pakistan and it is not clear why he did not raise it as a concern with China.

Mukherjee visited Academy of Military Science of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center of the PLA. He will also visit the Lanzhou Military Region in North Western China’s Gansu Province.