Hailing relations between navies of the two countries, the Chinese People Liberation Army Navy has asked for enhancing cooperation with the Indian Navy as part of efforts by the two governments to deepen mutual understanding and trust, state media reported today.
The two sides have enjoyed more frequent exchanges and deeper understanding while Sino-Indian relation develops in recent years, Commander of the Chinese People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), Admiral Zhang Dingfa said.
Chinese and Indian navies will strengthen cooperation in future, Zhang said yesterday during a meeting with deputy Chief of the Indian Navy Vice Admiral Yashwant Prasad, who is here on a eight-day visit to China.
Zhang recalled that Indian naval ships have visited China four times since 1958, and Chinese fleets have visited India twice. In 2003, the two navies held a successful joint rescue exercise in the East China Sea.
Prasad also called on PLA Chief, Gen Liang Guanglie and exchanged views.
PLA Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Zhang Yongyi gave a briefing on the PLA Navy. Prasad also had an interaction with Lt Gen Qian Haihao, Deputy Commandant of Academy of Military Sciences (AMS), official sources said.
Vice Admiral Prasad's visit marks ongoing high-level exchanges between the defence forces of the two sides and contributes to enhanced trust and understanding, sources said.