PLA Deputy Chief of General Staff (Operations), visits India with an eight member delegation; India successfully test-fires a new interceptor missile capable of neutralising any incoming long-range missile at higher altitude
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  • According to reports, PLA Deputy Chief of General Staff (Operations), Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo arrived in New Delhi on 22 April along with an eight member delegation for a two day visit. The two sides exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest such as maintenance of peace and tranquility along Line of Actual Control and enhancing mutual cooperation and understanding between the armies of India and China. Measures for implementation of existing Bilateral Agreements were also discussed. The meeting was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere. Both sides agreed on the need to enhance bilateral military engagements. The Chinese side have confirmed their participation in the Fourth India China Joint Training Exercise scheduled to be held in November 2014 in India. The PLA Delegation also called on the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh and the Defence Secretary. India and China attach great importance to high level military exchanges. 2014 has also been declared as “Year of Friendly Exchanges”. It would be worth noting that in February this year, the PLA Delegation led by Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of General Staff had come to India for Annual Def Dialogue and the Indian Defence Minister had visited China in July 2013. The Chinese sides have also confirmed the visit of their Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan to India later this year.” 1

    In another development, reports noted that India on April 27 successfully test-fired a new interceptor missile capable of neutralising any incoming long-range missile at higher altitude. The interceptor, positioned at launch pad–IV of Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island, about 100 km from here, roared into the sky at about 9.10 AM to hit its target. The target, mimicking an incoming enemy missile, was first test fired from a naval ship at 9.06 AM and after getting signals from the radars, the interceptor went into action. “The trial was conducted successfully and all the mission objectives were met,” DRDO Spokesman Ravi Kumar Gupta said. 2