A border defence agreement, signed by India and China in October 2013, is the first indication of a thaw in relations between the two countries in five years. It follows growing mistrust by both sides over a number of issues, including territorial disputes and border tensions. But while there appears some willingness to improve relations, there is still an underlying suspicion in New Delhi over China’s future strategy in the border region and on bilateral ties in general.

<i>India and China have signed a border defence cooperation agreement which is being seen as an exercise in confidence building rather than an attempt to address long-standing territorial disputes. Relations b...

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The protocol signalled that New Delhi and Beijing under its new leader, Xi Jinping, were both interested in restoring stability to bilateral relations
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