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China open to establishing military hotline with India

Updated: Apr 19,2016 8:00 AM     Xinhua

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan (L front) and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inspect the guard of honour in Beijing, capital of China, April 18, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China reacted positively toward setting up a military hotline with India on border security, said Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan on April 18.

Chang made the remarks when holding talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in Beijing.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan (4th R) holds talks with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar (3rd L) in Beijing, capital of China, April 18, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Chang spoke highly of the healthy and stable development of China-India relations in recent years.

He called on the two sides to do a good job in implementing the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, enhance strategic communication, so as to safeguard common interests.

He also suggested the two sides strengthen defense exchanges and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility of the border area.

Parrikar said India places great importance to developing relations with China and hopes to beef up bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all sectors.

India hopes that the development of bilateral ties will not be affected by other factors including the third party, he said, calling on both sides to cement the sound momentum of the development of bilateral relations as well as military relations.

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