In a joint statement Monday, Indian Army and PLA said 12th round of Corps Commander level talks 'further enhanced mutual understanding' and resolved to maintain momentum of negotiations.
The Navy’s original plan was to procure the 127 mm guns from the Italian firm Oto Melara, but the deal got stuck due to the VVIP chopper scam.
The opening of the hotline coincided with PLA Day, a military holiday celebrated by the Chinese army.
If a ‘graduated disengagement’ is initiated in Gogra and Hot Springs, this would be the third go at it as China had agreed to do it twice last year.
The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
General MM Naravane and Commander of US Special Operations Command General Richard D Clarke, who is on a 3-day India visit, also briefly discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said induction of the Rafale jets at Hasimara was carefully planned, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in eastern sector.
Speaking at the SCO conclave in Dushanbe, the defence minister said India is committed to working within the SCO framework for helping create & maintain a secure & peaceful region.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to meet his Tajikistan counterpart Col Gen Sherali Mirzo, on the sidelines of the SCO Defence Ministers' meeting in Dushanbe.
The original plan envisaged for theaterisation may be tweaked, this could mean that the number and the structure of theatre commands could change.