The Northern Army Commander Lt General D S Hooda will lead a delegation of army officers to China on from December 14-19.
Significantly he will be the first Indian Army commander from Northern Command visiting China as the latter had in 2010 refused visa to his predecessor Lt General B S Jaswal. China has been describing LAC between the two countries as “not properly demarcated” resulting in incursions by its PLA into Ladakh sector in the past.
Pointing out that the delegation is visiting China on invitation of Chinese government, an Udhampur based defence ministry spokesperson Colonel S D Goswami said that visit is aimed at greater cooperation between two military forces in areas of mutual interest. The delegation will interact and exchange views with senior officer of the Peoples Liberation Army, he added.
They will also visit various military and civil establishments in China including PLA headquarters at Beijing and Lanzhou military region, apart from exchanging views on measures to usher in greater peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh which borders Xingjiang province of China.