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DM's India tour to promote Sino-Indian relations

    Chinese Minister of National Defense Cao Gangchuan's India tour will further promote Sino-Indian military cooperation and bilateral ties, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan here Tuesday.

    Kong said at a regular press conference that Sino-Indian exchanges and cooperation in military and national defense fields had strengthened and expanded constantly, and the bilateral relationship also witnessed comprehensive development.

    Kong said the sound development of the bilateral ties is in accordance with the principles of the declaration on principles for relations and comprehensive cooperation between China and India signed last year.

    Kong said Cao paid an important visit to three Asian countries,namely Pakistan, India and Thailand, and during his visit, Cao will meet governmental and military leaders of the three countries,and exchange views on issues of common concern.

    Cao, also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and a state councilor, left here on March 22 for an official goodwill visit to Pakistan, India and Thailand, at the invitation of the three countries' defense ministers. Enditem

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