India and China to sign border defence pact

India and China will sign a Border Defence Cooperation Agreement during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit next week under which no tailing of each other’s patrols and no shooting at each other under any conditions by troops have been provided.

The BDCA was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security yesterday as part of further CBMs to avoid incidents along the Line of Actual Control which has seen many intrusions from the Chinese side, especially the long face-off during summer in Depsang Valley of Ladakh.

The BDCA also provides for setting up of a hotline between the DGMOs of the two countries on the lines of the mechanism India has with Pakistan.

The sources said the issue is yet to be formalised with Beijing which has maintained that China does not have the institution of Director General of Military Operations.

“We are trying to do it. We hope we will do (the agreement on) three and four,” official sources said on the likelihood of signing an agreement in regard to the two new reactors being set up in the Russian-aided project during Singh’s visit.

On the China visit, the sources said Beijing wants a stable, strong and mutually beneficial relationship with India and both want peace and tranquillity on the border.

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