India and China today decided to work towards forming a new bilateral agreement on defense cooperation and agreed to reduce the troop confrontation by increasing interactions between their military forces and by joint exercises. So that Doklam-like dispute along the disputed border can be avoided.
The decisions regarding the agreement were taken at a meeting between defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe. The focus of meeting was to build mutual trust between the two armies guarding the 3,500 km Sino-India border. Sitharaman also talked about security challenges that India has been facing due to the cross-border terrorism, ensuring freedom of navigation over flight in South China Sea and to bringing peace in Afghanistan. It is said the two sides mainly focused on implementing the decisions taken at the Wuhan summit in April by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping which included enhancing strategic communication between the two armies of both the countries.
The defense ministry said in a statement, “Both china and India decided to work towards a new bilateral MoU on defense exchanges and cooperation to replace the MoU signed in 2006.”
Both India and china do not want to repeat 73-day Doklam dispute like last year. Doklam, in situated in Sikkim, is an important area which is claimed by Bhutan. India has providing security to this country in the sensitive region. India wanted to start a hotline between the headquarters of militaries in Delhi and beijeing.In the meeting, china agreed to make the hot line start as soon as possible.