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Indian Army Delegation to Visit Chinese Military Bases in Tibet - 2003-11-18


An Indian army delegation will tour Chinese military bases in Tibet this week as governments of the two neighboring countries continue efforts to improve relations.

It is the first such tour since India and China fought an inconclusive border war more than 40 years ago.

Media in the region say the visit is aimed at increasing trust and cooperation between the two militaries. It comes just days after India and China held their first joint naval maneuvers off the coast of Shanghai.

Leading the delegation is the commander of the army's Fourth Corps, Lieutenant-General Mahendra Singh. His troops are posted on the disputed border between Tibet and the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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