New Delhi, 3 July: In what is seen as a significant move towards improving Sino-Indian relations, Defence Minister A K Antony leaves tomorrow on a four-day official visit to China to discuss the Sino-Indian border issue, interactions between the two armed forces, as well as regional and global security. 
The visit by an Indian defence minister to China comes after a gap of almost seven years with the last one being in 2006 by the then defence minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee. 
The visit by Mr Antony comes close on the heels of high-level visits, including that of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to India and that of the Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma to China.
The minister will have delegation-level talks with his counterpart. “Both ministers are expected to discuss a number of issues including those related to maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border, exchanges and interactions between the armed forces of both sides and matters relating to regional and global security,” according to an official release.     sns