India, China begin anti-terror war games

December 20th, 2007 - 8:08 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec.20 (ANI): China and India have started a week-long anti-terrorism military drill to improve trust and cooperation as the two rising powers seek to put aside decades of frosty relations.
The exercise, called “Hand-in-Hand, 2007″, is being held in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan and involves 100 troops from each country, state media said on Thursday.
“The aim of the joint anti-terror drill is to strengthen mutual understanding and trust between the two countries and the two armies, and also to enhance their cooperation in the anti-terror area,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a news conference in Beijing.
This is in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on exchange and cooperation in the field of defence, signed between India and China in 2006.
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.
The six-day joint counter terrorism exercise will be held till December 25.
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.
In recent years, China and India have tried to expand trade and diplomatic ties, though territorial disputes persist. (ANI)

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