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Defence Minister to visit China next month

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said she will visit next month, which will be an important trip in the backrop of the strain in the ties between the two countries witnessed after the stand-off.

Sitharaman also said the government has responded to all the queries of the in detail related to the Rafale deal.

The was responding to a question on the Congress' attack on the government over the aircraft deal, which the party claims has been done at much higher cost than another deal negotiated by the previous

Replying to a question on her visit, Sitharaman told reporters "Yes, (the visit is) probably sometime in late April."

She, however, did not elaborate on the agenda of the visit.

In August last year, and decided to end their 73-day standoff between their troops at The standoff had strained ties considerably between the two countries.

Despite the disengagement of troops from the site, the coldness between the two countries over the issue still persists.

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

In December last year, held talks with her Chinese counterpart on key bilateral issues.

Wang was here to here to attend the foreign ministers meeting of RIC grouping comprising Russia, and China.

Last month, also made a trip to Beijing, where he held talks with Wang.

will also visit China in June this year to attend the meeting.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 23:25 IST