May 31, 2007

Indian, Chinese defence leaders meet in Singapore

New Delhi, May 31 (PTI): Top Indian and Chinese Defence leaders will chalk out the progress of their bilateral dialogue and their approach to building international stability at the Sixth Asian Security Council meeting being held in Singapore on Saturday.

Defence Minister A K Antony and the Chinese Deputy Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation army are the two keynote speakers in this year's conference, which is now come to be known as Shangrila Dialogue.

The conference with its main theme on Sino-Indian approaches comes at a time when there is a chill on ties between the two countries on Arunachal issue.

Besides, Antony and PLA Generals, the security conferences is also being attended by US Defence Secretary Robert M Gates, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Rohitha Vogollagama, Japenese Defence Minister, Fumio Kyuma, and top leaders from UK, Germany and france.

After outlining the vision of Sino-Indian contribution to international stability, the Indian Defence Minister will have a number bilateral meetings with US Defence Secretary, Japanese Defence Minister, his Singaporean counterparts and top Defence officials from key ASEAN states like Malaysia, Phillipines, Vietnam.

For the first time, the Bangladesh Army Chief, Gen Moeen U Ahmad, will also call on the Indian Defence Minister.

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