Indian army contingent reaches China for first Sino-India joint exercise

December 19th, 2007 - 10:35 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): A contingent of Indian Army on Wednesday reached China’s Yunan province for the six-day joint counter terrorism exercise beginning from Thursday.
This is in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding on exchange and cooperation in the field of defence, signed between India and China in 2006.
The first Sino Indian Joint Training Exercise codenamed “Hand in Hand 2007″ will commence in Kunming.
One armed reconnaissance company of the People’s Liberation Army and an equivalent strength of Indian troops, led by Brigadier DS Dadwal, will participate in the exercise, which will include establishment of a joint command post, joint battle decision making and conduct of anti terrorism drills.
“The joint training exercise between the armies of the two countries is reflective of the growing relations between India and China in the field of defence,” said a release from the Indian Defence Ministry.
Earlier this year, two ships of the Indian Navy made a port call at Qingdao and participated in a joint exercise with the PLA Navy. The countries also held their first ever Annual Defence Dialogue in China in November this year.
Before departing for Kunming from Guwahati this morning, the contingent commander said, “This is an historic occasion and a very significant one. This is for the first time that troops of the Indian Army will be participating in a joint exercise with troops of the Peoples Liberation Army of China”.
A ceremonial welcome was accorded to the Indian Contingent on its arrival at Kunming Airport. The contingent was received by Senior Colonel Tian, Senior Colonel Zhang, Senior Colonel Wu Hiao Yi and more than 40 officers of PLA with a ceremonial band in attendance. (ANI)

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