India, China agree to share intelligence, enhance ties to tackle terror

The two countries agreed to enhance cooperation in combating international terrorism through exchanging information on terrorist activities, groups and their linkages.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 22, 2015 2:46:28 am

Condemning the recent terror attacks in Paris, India and China on Saturday agreed to enhance counter-terrorism ties between the two countries through intelligence sharing. They also decided to increase cooperation on tackling drug-related crimes, cyber crimes and illegal arms and ammunition trade.

According to a joint statement issued by the two sides after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met top Chinese leaders, the two countries agreed to enhance cooperation in combating international terrorism through exchanging information on terrorist activities, groups and their linkages, exchanging experiences on anti-hijacking and hostage situations, and coordinating positions on anti-terrorism endeavours at regional and multilateral levels.

Both sides also agreed to promote exchanges between their counter-terrorism experts to develop cooperation.

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“The two sides shall strengthen the cooperation in the fields of combating terrorism, drug-related crimes, cyber crimes including telecom fraud, economic crimes, illegal immigration activities, illegal trafficking in firearms and ammunition and other transnational crimes, and encourage the long-term, healthy and stable development of law enforcement cooperation between them. Therefore, the two sides may exchange visits by groups of experts in relevant fields,” the joint statement read.

To bolster ties in law enforcement capacity building, the two countries agreed to support and encourage participation in training courses and seminars held by each side for officers from both sides. India’s Home Ministry and China’s Ministry of Public Security will also work towards signing an official cooperation document on combating crimes as soon as possible.

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