India-China defence secretary meet on Feb 24

Defence secretaries of India and China are slated to meet here later this month to take forward bilateral cooperation on military issues, including setting up of a hot line between the two armies and a halt on Chinese troop intrusion into the Indian territory.

Beginning February 24, the annual defence dialogue is the first high-level bilateral meeting after New Delhi and Beijing signed the border defence cooperation agreement with the aim of reducing incidents of tension and flare-ups at the disputed border.

There have been incursions by the Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control after the BDCA was inked last October with the government claiming though the pact does not guarantee bringing an end to these incursions, it has helped in resolving the disputes at a faster pace.

The proposal for setting up a hot line between the DGMO-level officials of their Army headquarters is also expected to be discussed and finalised at the meeting.

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