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India, China conclude joint military drill in Meghalaya
India and China concluded their 14-day-long joint military exercise on December 20 in Umroi in Meghalaya.
A Chinese contingent from the Tibet Military command comprising of 130 personal and the Indian Contingent of similar strength participated in the ‘Hand-in-Hand’ military exercise which started on December 7.
Defence Spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said the exercise was aimed at practicing the participating infantry companies of India and Chinese Army in joint drills of counter terrorism operations in semi urban terrain under United Nation mandate.
He said exercise entailed firing from each other’s weapons, conduct of tactical lectures and demonstration by both the countries on various aspects of counter terrorism operations.
The exercise included physical training activities ranging from endurance runs, battle obstacle courses and games.
Moreover, Singh said the joint training standards achieved by both the contingents were on display during a 72 hours field training exercise which encompassed various drills requiring seamless integration of action of part of troops to fulfil the facets of counter terrorism operations.
He said the eight ‘Hand-in-Hand’ military exercise culminated with a grand closing ceremony where the participating troops displayed high standards of Military drill. In addition, enthralling Skill display was presented by the troops of both countries during the ceremony which left the spectators spell bound.
“The two armies have gained from each other’s expertise and experience in conduct of Counter Terrorism and company level Operations. The Troops of both the contingent departed on healthy note of mutual informal respect and goodwill,” Singh said.