Chinese military delegation makes low-key debut at Bengaluru's Air Force Station

It was a low-key debut for a Chinese military delegation that landed at Air Force Station in Yelahanka on Tuesday.

Published: 15th February 2017 03:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2017 03:59 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: It was a low-key debut for a Chinese military delegation that landed at Air Force Station in Yelahanka on Tuesday. They kept a low profile, away from media glare, as they dashed from one exhibition hall to another to make most of their time at the show.

The Chinese delegation at the
Yelahanka air base on Tuesday

A five-member Air Force delegation from Beijing participated in the show for the first time. “We want to have good relations between people of China and India and between defence forces in the two countries,” Major General Wang Qiang, head of the Chinese delegation, told Express.

He said the delegation will be at the show for only one day. “We are here to understand defence products and systems,” he said.

Sources said China is keen to take a close look at the latest developments in defence sector in US, UK and Israel and what they are offering to India.

The Chinese delegation is also interested in understanding advances made in the Indian defence sector as both countries pursue their ambition to emerge as a major power in the region.

While China, considered to be an ally of Pakistan, is accused of pursuing a policy to circumvent India, a considerable part of the Indian military strategy is directed towards China.

When Express caught up with the delegation, an official said they are not authorised to speak to media without permission from headquarters in Beijing.

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