NEW DELHI: India and Chinese troops have signed a deal to establish a military base and training center in Assams, the Chinese government said on Tuesday, adding that it is the biggest bilateral military cooperation in recent times.
Under the agreement signed on Wednesday, the two countries will jointly establish the facility in the state of Assam and will build two warships, a new helicopter carrier, a missile defence site and an ammunition factory.
The agreement also includes the purchase of about 6,500 tonnes of wheat from India and the transfer of military equipment.
Assam, home to the world-famous Ganges River, is a popular destination for tourists.
China has a significant military presence in the region and is one of the biggest trading partners for India.
In July, China signed a defence cooperation agreement with Pakistan in which it committed to build a new naval base at Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.