India, China lay stress
on cooperation to combat terrorism
Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Close on the heels of the joint India-China
army exercise and in the wake of the recent Mumbai terror
attack, the two countries Monday called for greater defence
cooperation to combat "increasing menace of terrorism"
and threats "sponsored by religious fundamentalism".
call was made in the India-China Annual Defence Dialogue held
here. India was represented by Defence Secretary Vijay Singh
and the Chinese side was led by Lt. Gen.
Xiaotian, deputy chief of the general staff of the People's
leaders highlighted the importance of Indo-China defence relations
in the light of the new political order and the increasing
menace of terrorism and non-traditional threats sponsored
by religious fundamentalism," a senior defence official
that "unilateralism" was not the way forward, the
two sides also agreed that "international cooperation"
agreed on the importance to work collectively to defeat these
destabilising forces," the official added.
countries also shared their perspectives on various global
and regional security situations, including piracy in the
Gulf of Aden.
Gulf of Aden, one of the busiest and the most piracy infested
shipping lanes in the world, is a vital route for energy supplies
of the two countries.