China 'positive' on India military hotline proposal

By REUTERS
April 19, 2016 05:01

BEIJING - China is "positive" towards proposals to establish a military hotline with India to deal with issues along their disputed border, Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told his Indian counterpart during a meeting in Beijing, state media reported.


The two nuclear-armed neighbours have been moving to gradually ease long-existing tensions between them.


Leaders of Asia's two giants pledged last May to cool a festering border dispute, which dates back to a brief border war in 1962, though a messy territorial disagreement remains.


Chang "reacted positively toward setting up a military hotline with India on border security", state news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday, after Chang's meeting with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.


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