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The Dragon and the Tiger Shake Hands

China Marks 60 Years Of The Chinese Navy (Getty)

China and India agreed to hold their first joint air and naval military exercises, and are “seeking to strengthen mutual trust between their armed forces,” the Times of India reported late last week. In 2007 and 2008 the two countries held joint army exercises but suspended them in 2009 over a diplomatic disagreement; this will be the first time naval and air forces join the fray.

“The navies will increase ship visits, consider conducting joint maritime search and rescue exercises and cooperate in counter-piracy operations,” reads a joint statement, issued by the Defense ministries of both countries, according to the Chinese Communist Party newspaper the Global Times.

This is good news. Cooperation between the Chinese and Indian militaries is vital to preserving a secure and cordial atmosphere in East and South Asia and reducing the chance that small mistake sparks a big fight.

Even more promising, perhaps, is the news that China has signaled a willingness to participate in the US-Australia biannual war games, according to Vice Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the US Seventh Fleet.

[Photo of Chinese warship courtesy of Getty Images]

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  • Corlyss

    Does India have any technological secrets to steal? Or are all theirs basically ours in Indian dress?

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