Indian, Chinese troops end joint anti-terror drill

December 14th, 2008 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Belgaum (Karnataka), Dec 14 (ANI): Indian and Chinese army personnel celebrated as they pulled the curtains down on their nine-day joint anti-terrorism exercise in Belgaum, Karnataka.
The joint drill, named “Hand in Hand 2008″, was held here from December 6 to 14, and was a continuation of the ongoing military cooperation between both countries as part of the Annual Defence Dialogue (ADD) initiated in 2006.
Chinese troops from the 1st Company of the Infantry Battalion of the Chengdu Military Area Command and troops from India’’s 8 Maratha Light Infantry Battalion participated in the exercise.
Both Indian and Chinese officials said such exercises help enhance military to military cooperation.
“The experience has been fantastic. Indian troops have got much more experience as far as counter-terrorism is concerned, than the PLA troops. Since 1950s, we are fighting terrorism,” said D.S Bisht, the commanding officer of the Indian team.
Contingents of both countries trained in joint tactical manoeuvres and drills, interoperability training and joint command post procedures.
A joint directing panel of Indian and Chinese army officials supervised the training and manoeuvres.
The first-ever joint army exercises between both countries was held in Kunming, China, in 2007. (ANI)

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