India, China begin joint military exercise in Meghalaya

India, China begin joint  military exercise in Meghalaya
Maj Gen Deepak Kumar with Col Hu Chunguang.
Correspondent Umroi (Meghalaya), Dec 7 | Publish Date: 12/7/2019 11:19:51 AM IST

Indian and Chinese militaries began their joint exercise in Meghalaya on Saturday.

The annual exercise ''Hand-in-Hand'' 2019, with the theme of ‘Counter-terrorism under a United Nations mandate,’ scheduled to be conducted at the state-of-the-art joint training node at Umroi Cantonment, about 25 km from Shillong, will conclude on December 20.

A total of 130 troopers of the People's Liberation Army led by Colonel Hu Chunguang of 1st Infantry Battalion, Tibet’s military command and the Indian contingent led by Colonel K.J.Singh are taking part in the eight edition of the exercise between the strong armies.

“The exercise this year is special as it is 70th  year  of diplomatic ties between India and China. It will demonstrate the historic relationship between two countries and help in growing bilateral relations,” General Officer  Commanding Red Horns Division, Major General Deepak Mehra, said while welcoming the Chinese troopers.

“ It will  further deepen people to people interaction between academics, forces, youths organizations and political class of both the countries,” he said. Moreover, he said  a stable  and balanced relationship between two countries will be beneficial for people of both the countries.

“Both counties have agreed to maintenance peace and tranquility at the border as it is essential for development of both the countries,” Mehra added.

During the 14-day exercise, the Indian and Chinese armies will be engaged in a joint military exercise that will involve tactical-level operations in a semi-urban terrain for an international counter-terrorist operation.

The focus of the initial four days of the exercise will be on orientation to training area, lectures on counter insurgency, counter terrorism environment, firing by each other’s weapons, improvised explosive devices drills.

This exercise will cover company level joint training on counter terrorism operation in semi urban terrain under United Nations mandate.

“We would surely learn from each other’s  practice and evolve practice and drills besides rehearshing  established joint command and control structures,” Colonel Singh said.

“ The terminal aim  is to evolve and develop  high degree common combat compatibility and synergy to be able to conduct successful counter terrorism operations in future,” he said.

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