|Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong (R) meets with Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh, who is also chair of the committee of chiefs of staff of the Indian armed forces, in Beijing, capital of China, July 3, 2014. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)|
BEIJING, July 3 -- Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong met with Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh in Beijing on Thursday.
Singh is the first Indian Army Chief to visit China since 2005. His visit, which comes after the new Indian government took office in late May, is regarded as a positive signal from India to interact with China's political and military leaders.
Fan said China and India have maintained good momentum in developing bilateral relations in recent years and called on the two militaries to take the occasion as an opportunity to advance military-to-military ties.
Fan proposed that the two militaries strengthen strategic mutual trust, practical cooperation and properly manage differences.
"Our common interests far outweigh our differences," Fan said. "Both countries have sufficient wisdom and capability to deal with historical problems."
Singh called on the two countries to cash in on common interests in developing a mutually supportive relationship. He said communication and interaction between the militaries is important for ensuring peace and tranquility in border areas.
Singh, also chair of the committee of chiefs of staff of the Indian armed forces, is on a China visit from July 2 to 5. He held talks with Fang Fenghui, Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), before meeting with Fan.
Fang hailed the sound foundation for