Indian Army team heads for China to firm up joint drill plans

November 18th, 2008 - 9:47 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) A 10-member Indian Army team Tuesday left for China for the final planning of their first joint exercise on Indian soil in mid-December, an official said.“A 10-member team has left for China to discuss final modalities of the historic exercise between India and China. The venue has been decided and but the lay-out of the exercise is yet to be decided,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Forging new military ties amid soaring trade and business links, an Indian Army team went to China in December last year for the first war games between the two countries near the city of Kunming.

India and China, which fought a brief but bloody war in 1962, will conduct the joint war game at Belgaum in Karnataka.

“The India-China exercise will be conducted in the second week of December in Belgaum. It will really be a delightful exercise in the 61 years of independence,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony had told IANS, while giving out the details of the exercise.

Military ties between the two countries have seen a thaw in recent times with Chinese Navy chief Admiral Wu Sheng Li coming on his maiden visit to the country last week and Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Fali H. Major going to Beijing.

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