Defense IQ Press
August 21, 2013
China and India are collaborating on a formal agreement to improve border security and help prevent disputes between its armed forces. China has sent a draft of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement to India, which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to sign during his visit to Beijing in October.
There has been a territorial dispute between the two countries since the Sino-India War in 1962 where a 4000 km border, known as the Line of Actual Control, divides India and China. The new pact will likely not resolve the long-running row but will go some way to “enhance mutual trust” and increase confidence in the mechanisms of control.
“Two rounds of negotiations have been held so far,” said Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony. “The purpose of the proposed agreement is to formalize mechanisms and procedures to enhance mutual trust and confidence between the border troops of India and China and to facilitate the maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the border with China.”
The pact comes ahead of years of military build-up by both sides as they seek to bolster infrastructure and defence capabilities.