'India attaches highest priority to ties with China'

'India attaches highest priority to ties with China'

'India attaches highest priority to ties with China'

 Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that India attaches highest priority to its ties with China, allaying Beijing’s concerns over New Delhi’s any tilt towards the US in view of its decision to sign an agreement with Washington to share military bases.

In a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan, Parrikar said that “India attaches highest priority to relations with China and was committed to further developing friendly and cooperative relations with China”.

Allaying China’s concerns over India’s decision to sign Logistics Support Agreement with the US, Parrikar told the Chinese leader that India pursued autonomous policy to further its national interests and there is no change in it.

“India is committed to further developing friendly and corporative relations with China,” he told Chang.

Military hotline

India and China have moved a step closer in setting up a hotline between the two military headquarters as part of their efforts to improve border security.

China reacted positively toward setting up a military hotline with India on border security, Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan said after meeting his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar.

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