India, China ink security pact but analysts say issues remain

 Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi (left) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi (left) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.PHOTO: AFP/PIB

India and China signed a bilateral security agreement for cooperation in counter-terrorism and disaster management, and also kicked off a joint training programme for Afghan diplomats, amid efforts to improve ties.

Foreign policy analysts called these "tactical steps" to soothe aggravations but noted that serious issues such as a border dispute along various sections of a poorly demarcated border and China's close ties with Pakistan continued to remain sticking points.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2018, with the headline 'India, China ink security pact but analysts say issues remain'. Print Edition | Subscribe