China-India rapprochement continues with joint military drills
Exercise planned to be held before the end of the year
In a sign of just how far Beijing and New Delhi have come since a tense weeks-long mountain standoff, the two governments have committed to strengthening military cooperation.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian announced at a regular press briefing on Thursday that joint China-India military exercises would be held in November in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. Details of the training are still being discussed, he added.
The 73-day standoff at the Doklam Plateau, involving contested territory at the junction of borders separating India, China and Bhutan, took place just last year, reviving long-held mistrust that has lingered since a 1962 war.
But relations have improved dramatically since then, as the two countries seek to bolster trade ties amid the US administration’s trade offensive.