NEW DELHI: The frequent incursions by the troopers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC), and operationalisation of a defence agreement on border management will top the agenda of Army Chief’s during his rare visit to China, beginning on Wednesday.
General Bikram Singh will lead a high-level military delegation to Beijing, a visit that assumes special significance in the light of increasing defence cooperation, an Army release said here on Tuesday.
Gen Singh will meet senior political and military leaders of China, including Vice President Li Yuanchao, Chinese Military Commission’s Vice Chairman General Fan Changlong, Chief of General Staff General Fang Fenghui, and Executive Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhangye Sui, and matters of mutual interest and all military bilateral issues will be discussed.
The last visit to China by an Army chief was in 2005, when then chief General N C Vij went to Beijing. Gen Singh’s visit comes as Vice President Hamid Ansari concluded his five day visit to China on Monday. Even as Ansari was preparing for his visit to China, the PLA troopers had transgressed into Indian side in the Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh, venturing 5.5 km into the Indian side of the water body.
Ansari attended events to mark the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel, the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, as enunciated in 1954. To mark the occasion, the two nations have designated 2014 as the ‘Year of Friendly Exchanges’, and the Army chief’s visit, when he will address the Chinese National Defence University (NDU), gains importance in this context. This marks the first time an Army chief will be addressing the Chinese NDU, officers said.