Chinese soldiers are seen along the border with India on the Doklam Plateau. Photo: The New Indian Express

In a sign of just how far Beijing and New Delhi have come since a tense weeks-long mountain standoff, the two governments have committed to strengthening military cooperation.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian announced at a regular press briefing on Thursday that joint China-India military exercises would be held in November in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. Details of the training are still being discussed, he added.

The 73-day standoff at the Doklam Plateau, involving contested territory at the junction of borders separating India, China and Bhutan, took place just last year, reviving long-held mistrust that has lingered since a 1962 war.

But relations have improved dramatically since then, as the two countries seek to bolster trade ties amid the US administration’s trade offensive.

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