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9th Annual Defence Security Dialogue Between India and China- Importance.


Introduction: - 9th Annual Defence And Security Dialogue between India and China.
India and China, who share a disputed border and a history of hostility between them, have agreed to expand bilateral exchanges involving top generals as well as young army officers in a bid to strengthen communication between their armies.



Both countries have decided to come together in joint military exercises for the military.
India and China hold an annual defence dialogue to discuss security and defence cooperation issues between the two countries.
Post Doklam Conflict- A ray of Hope 
The 9th Annual Defence and security dialogues were held after one year gap due to Doklam standoff. It had not taken place last year following the 73-day tense standoff between Indian and Chinese militaries at Doklam. The standoff was triggered by Chinese PLA’s plan to build road close strategically narrow ‘Chicken Neck’ corridor (or Siliguri corridor) connecting India’s north-eastern states in an area also claimed by Bhutan besides China. 
It ended after Chinese troops stopped road construction after which both countries stepped up efforts to normalized rations leading to the informal summit between both countries leaders in April 2018.

 India and China Defence Cooperation in 2014-2015- Looking into History 

Bilateral defence interaction between India and China has been steadily growing in consonance with other aspects of the bilateral relationship. There have been regular high level exchanges at the level of defence ministers and service chiefs. 
Functional level exchanges and military education exchanges between India and China remained important. Ships of the navies of both countries have regularly made ports calls, enhancing bilateral defence cooperation.  India and China hold an annual defence dialogue to discuss security and defence cooperation issues between the two countries.
The 7th annual defence and security dialogue was held at Beijing in April 2015. Peace and tranquillity in the border areas are being maintained in accordance with the various mechanisms and agreements between the two countries, including the ‘working mechanism for consultations and coordination of India-china border affairs’ and the signing the ‘border defence cooperation agreement’.

The year 2014 was an eventful year for India-chi9na bilateral defence cooperation. The chairman, chiefs of staff committee visited China in June 2014. The political commissar of China’s Chengdu military region and India’s eastern army commander led reciprocal delegations to each other’s command/military region in the months of September and November 2014 respectively. In addition to other high level and functional level exchanges, the 4th edition of exercise HAND IN HAND, the joint anti-terrorism training exercise was conducted at Aundh, Pune, India. The India Naval ship INS Shivalik participated in the multilateral maritime exercise held at Qingdao, China in April 2014.

The result of 9th Dialogues of 2019
Improved Bilateral Ties
 Since the resolution of the Doklam standoff, however, bilateral ties seem to have improved, and spurred possibility by the realization that neither country can afford even a skirmish amid a volatile world order. These conflicts will lead to unpredictable economic conditions. The leaders agreed to expand and implement confidence-building measures between the two militaries to avoid a Doklam-type situation again.

Enhance Exchanges and Interactions
Both countries agreed to enhance exchanges and interactions through reciprocal high-level visits between two ministries of defence as well as between military commands, joint training excursuses, mutual visits by defence personnel including mid-level and cadet officers were also agreed upon they also reiterated the importance of maintaining peace in border areas, implementing (Wuhan) consensus reached between both leaders and specific additional confidence-building measures at the operational level.

Better Mechanism
They underlined the importance of this dialogue as an important mechanism between both nations for consultations on defence and security matters. They emphasized the need to further strengthen military-to-military ties in order to strengthen political and strategic mutual trust between the two countries. Both sides agreed to hold the next round of the dialogue at a mutually convenient time in India in 2019.

Conclusion
Both countries need to stay firm and come together rather than standing against each other, China should also show softness and stay sensitive towards India. Doklam issues would have become critical; however, both countries talked and handled the issue with peace. Both Sides are going through various negotiations, and the agenda should be to promote factor of stability in an increasingly unstable world.