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Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to visit China next month

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to visit China next month

Speaking at the "International Conference on Military Ammunition: Make in India Opportunities and Challenges", Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, said there is a need of making Defence Public sector undertakings more dynamic.

"Yes, (the China visit) it is probably sometime in late April", Sitharaman told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here.

Further she added that Defence public sector undertakings have enormous opportunities and assets to meet the requirements of Indian Defence sector and armed forces, however they need revitalization.

Her predecessor Manohar Parrikar was the last Indian defence minister to travel to the communist country in March 2016.

In August previous year, India and China chose to end their 73-day standoff between their troops at Doklam.

While the crisis was resolved through diplomatic efforts, China continues to hold its ground and build the infrastructure at Doklam.

Despite the disengagement of troops from the Doklam site, the coldness in ties between the two countries over the issue still persists. The strengths of both sides have been reduced.

However, there is also an increase in senior ranking officials visiting each others countries post Doklam.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appreciated Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and team for their stupendous efforts during the rescue operations in the Theni forest fire.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.