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China's defence minister visits India

Published on Sep 2, 2012 8:51 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie was due to start a four-day visit to India on Sunday with concerns over competing influence across South Asia likely to be high on the agenda.

General Liang was expected to arrive in Mumbai from Sri Lanka, and would hold talks with his counterpart A.K. Antony in New Delhi on Wednesday, the Times of India newspaper reported.

The visit is the first by a Chinese defence minister in eight years, and comes amid India's fears about Chinese activity in nations such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh that India sees as within its sphere of influence.

India and China also have territorial disputes along their shared border, particularly in the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, where the two countries fought a brief but brutal war in 1962.

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