India, China sign intel sharing pact

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NEW DELHI: India and China on Monday signed their maiden internal security cooperation agreement that among other areas of cooperation will involve intelligence sharing between two sides amid common threats from international terror.

The pact is expected to set up mechanism for cooperation between internal security establishments of the two countries for the first time. The pact is being signed during visit of Zhao Kezhi, China’s Minister of Public Security beginning Monday.

Kezhi held meetings with Home Minister Rajnath Singh during which they will discuss various aspects of security cooperation between the two countries, sources informed.

The proposed pact will cover areas of intelligence sharing, exchange programme, sharing of best practices, cooperation in disaster mitigation besides others, sources said. It is expected that pact could open up counter-terror partnership between the two sides.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held an informal summit in Wuhan, China, in April this year which led to number of CBMs including visits by senior Chinese Ministers.

A Chinese delegation met an Indian team on August 28 and the proposed pact on security cooperation between the two countries.

This will be the first such agreement between the authorities of India and China which look after internal security of the respective countries, the official said.

While Singh is the head of eight central armed police forces with a combined strength of about 10 lakh personnel, Zhao is responsible for day-to-day law enforcement in China and commands about 19 lakh personnel.

The scheduled meeting may lead to a future India-China agreement on exchange of sentenced prisoners. There are at least 10 Indians in Chinese prisons and an equal number of Chinese citizens in Indian prisons.





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