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India, China militaries should work hand in hand, says Chinese defence ministry

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

The militaries of and should "work hand in hand" for the benefit of people of the two countries, the Chinese said Thursday, as the armies of the two countries are all set to resume joint military exercises next month after a gap of a year following the standoff.

The 7th and joint military exercises, 'Hand in Hand', focussing on counter-terrorism operations will be held in southwest China's city from December 10 to December 23, Col told a here.

Each side will send 100 troops to take part in the 14-day drill, he said.

The exercises will be held after a gap of one year as both the sides were locked in a 73-day standoff in in the sector of the border in 2017.

"The two sides are preparing for the exercises now. The drill will promote understanding between the two militaries and improving their capabilities in fighting terrorism," Col Ren said.

"True to its name - 'Hand in Hand' - we believe and Indian militaries should work for the benefit of people in both the nations," he said, adding that the exercises will include live shooting and adoptive and basic training.

After the standoff, the militaries of the two neighbours made efforts to improve the strained relations following the first ever informal summit between and Chinese in the Chinese city of in April this year.

The two sides participated in the 9th Defence dialogue held here on November 13. Defence and Lt Gen Shao Yuanming, of of Central Military Commission, participated in the talks and discussed bilateral relations, military ties, border control as well as regional and international issues.

The two sides agreed to follow the consensus reached by the top leaders of the two countries to promote military relationship under the principle of maintaining peace and tranquillity and enhancing the trust, friendship and cooperation, Col Ren said.

Besides resuming the defence dialogue, top leaders from both the countries also met on November 24 at the 21st India-China border talks held at Dujiangyan near in southwestern province. and China's took part in the talks during which they called for intensifying efforts to find a solution to the vexed border dispute.

Commenting on the talks, told media here on November 26 that the two sides put forward a host of forward-looking and workable proposals and suggestions on advancing boundary talks, upholding peace and stability and promoting cooperation in the border areas during the meeting.

"It is fair to say that the two sides in general shared similar views and thinking in many areas," he said.

Col Ren also said China and will hold 7th joint air force exercises in in from November 30 to December 23.

China will send its fighter jets and bombers and early warning AWACS planes to the exercise, he said, adding the exercise will help improve combat capability of both sides.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 19:55 IST