Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday kicked off his first visit in Beijing by holding talks with his Chinese counterpart Gen Chang Wanquan stresingthat India attaches highest priority to its ties with China and is committed to further develop the ties.
"India attaches highest priority to relations with China and committed to further developing friendly and cooperative relations with China," Parrikar told Chang in his opening remarks before the two delegations started discussions.
Welcoming Parrikar, Wang said, "Hope your visit improve strategic mutual trust between the two armed forces".
Parrikar is scheduled to call on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and visit China's r western command military headquarters in Chengdu which has jurisdiction over entire borders with India.
During Parrikar's talks with top Chinese military officials, periodic incidents of incursions, implementation of an agreement to reduce tensions between border patrols and Sino-India strategic concerns are expected to figure.
While Indian officials said the talks were expected to assess whole range of bilateral relations, India's concerns over aggressive patrolling by Chinese troops especially in the Ladakh sector remains high.
China denies any intrusions, stating its troops patrol areas within its territory along the 3,488-km disputed border.