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Sep 04, 2012 at 09:25am IST

India, China Defence Ministers to discuss ties

New Delhi: The Defence Minister of India and China will meet in New Delhi on Tuesday seeking to revive bilateral military ties. Gen Liang Guanglie is the first Chinese Defence Minister to visit India since 2004. On the agenda are a wide range of issues including the border dispute.

A day before the first meeting in eight years with a Defence Minister from China, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony told Parliament in a written reply on Monday, "Government is aware of infrastructure development by China at the border and their undertaking infrastructure projects in PoK. Government has conveyed its concerns to China and asked that it ceases such activities."

There's more on China's claims to Indian territory on transgressions along the Line of Actual Control and Chinese port projects in India's Indian Ocean backyard.

Sources told CNN-IBN little progress can be expected on these and other contentious issues when Antony sits down with China's Defence Minister.

There could be a decision to resume joint exercises. But the green signal may only come in November during the annual defence dialogue. China may push for detailed talks on maritime cooperation. India will stall as it does not want to legitimise a Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean.

It speaks for the nature of the relationship that Indian diplomats speak of a possible breakthrough in terms of a joint press statement the idea being to give a sense of common purpose to the deliberations.

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