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India, China to hold joint military exercises from Dec 10

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

The militaries of and would hold a joint 14-day drill from December 10 in southwest China's city to improve their capabilities in fighting terrorism and promote mutual understanding, the said here Thursday.

Each side will send 100 troops to take part in the 7th and joint military exercises - 'Hand in Hand' - which will focuss on counter-terrorism operations, Col told a

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

The strained relations between the two sides later improved resulting in an informal summit between and Chinese in Chinese city of in April this year.

"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.

The exercises, which will conclude on December 23, will include live shooting and adoptive and basic training, he said, adding that true to its name, 'Hand in Hand', and Indian militaries should also work for the benefit of people in both the nations.

Earlier at the 9th Defence dialogue held here on November 13 between Defence and Lt Gen Shao Yuanming, of of Central Military Commission, the two sides 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.

Top leaders from both the countries also met recently on November 24 at the 21st India-China border talks held at Dujiangyan near in southwestern province. and China's Councillor and Foreign Minister, who are the designated Special Representatives took part in the talks.

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. 16:35 IST