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India, China to hold 'Hand-in-Hand' army exercise from today

India TV News Desk 16 Nov 2014, 7:51:55 AM IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: India and China will be holding a joint "Hand-in-Hand" army exercise from today in Pune, which will focus on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism tactics, just after earlier stand-offs between their troops along the border in Ladakh region.

It's an (Hand-in-Hand) exercise aimed to explore useful experiences, advancing as well as matter-of-fact cooperation that promotes a friendly environment between the two armies.  

The aim of the joint training is to share the drills and practices learnt while tackling insurgency and terrorism, thereby promoting healthy military-to-military relations between the two armies and developing joint strategies of conducting operations in a counter-terrorism environment, an army statement here said.

The exercise is planned at company's level with respective battalion headquarters controlling the training side by side.

The training and manoeuvres, to be conducted at Aundh Military Cantonment, College of Military Engineering and firing ranges at Dighi, Pune are being supervised by a Joint Directing Panel comprising senior officials of both the nations.

Helicopters of Indian Air Force too will be taking part in the various manoeuvres. Senior military observers of both the countries will be attending the opening ceremony scheduled to be held at Aundh Military Station today.