India, China military drill concludes

India-China Joint Training Exercise “Hand-in- Hand” concluded on December 20.

Shillong (NVI): The joint military exercise, aimed at building and promoting positive relations between the armies of India and China culminated today at the Joint Training Node, Umroi Military Station in Meghalaya.

The eight edition of India-China Joint Training Exercise “Hand-in- Hand” commenced on December 7.

The drill was aimed at practicing the participating infantry companies of India and Chinese armies in joint drills of counter-terrorism operations in semi-urban terrain under the United Nation mandate, an official statement said.

The exercise entailed firing from each others weapons, conduct of tactical lectures and demonstration by both the countries on various aspects of counter-terrorism operations. It included physical training activities ranging from endurance runs, battle obstacle courses and games.

The high joint training standards achieved by both contingents were on display during a 72 hours field training exercise which encompassed various drills requiring seamless integration of action of the part of troops involved in the facets of counter-terrorism operations in conjunction with gruelling methods to execute the assigned tasks.

The exercise culminated with a glittery closing ceremony where the participating troops displayed high standards of military drill.

The closing ceremony was reviewed by Major General JS Sandhu in the presence of other senior officers of both the participating countries. The Chinese side was represented by Major General Li Shizong.

The bonhomie achieved between the troops was at display during the campfire. The two armies have gained from each others expertise and experience in conduct of counter-terrorism and company level operations.