China’s defence minister to visit India today

Vastavam web: China has said its relations with India are improving steadily in all areas including the military sphere as its Defence Minister Lt Gen Wei Fenghe is set to begin his four-day visit to New Delhi tomorrow, the first after the Doklam standoff. Billed as an important visit by officials on both sides to improve communications and the atmospherics between the two militaries after last year’s 73-day Doklam standoff, Gen Wei would have in-depth exchanges with his counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman during the visit.

This will be their second meeting this year as Sitharaman met him during her visit to Beijing in April to take part in the defence ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The summit at Wuhan had set in motion conscious attempts by both countries to set the Doklam standoff aside and improve ties in all spheres.

Echoing the sentiment, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here that Gen Wei’s visit comes in the backdrop of steady improvement of relations between the two countries.

“For some time, you would have noticed that China-India relations are improving steadily. Exchanges and cooperation in all areas have moved forward including the military to military exchanges,” he said while replying to a question on the significance of Gen Wei’s visit to India.