India, China Sign Bilateral Security Cooperation Agreement

New Delhi: India and China on Monday signed their first bilateral agreement on security cooperation in order to strengthen assistance in counter-terrorism, organised crimes, drug control, human trafficking and exchange of information.

The security agreement was signed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and China’s State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi. The agreement comes in wake of the two-month-long border stand-off between the Indian Army and the China’s People’s Liberation Army at Doklam on the India-Bhutan-China border.

A first high-level meeting on bilateral security cooperation also took place after the agreement. It was convened by Rajnath Singh and Zhao, who was heading a delegation of over 30 Chinese diplomats to India. Zhao is on a visit to India from October 21 to 25 during which he will also visit Mumbai.

An official statement released by Home Ministry stated that New Delhi and Beijing discussed counter-terrorism cooperation, and welcomed increased cooperation between the two countries in the area of security during the meeting.

The India delegation present in the meeting were Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain and other senior officials of Home Ministry including Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.

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