India, China Hold First Joint Tactical Drill On Border In Jammu & Kashmir

To ensure the peace and tranquility on the border, border troops of India and China have held their first joint tactical exercise codenamed Sino-India Cooperation 2016 in Chushul-Moldo area along with the northern border in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is the part of ongoing initiatives taken by India and China to ensure greater interaction between troops stationed along the Line of Actual Control, and thereby ensure peace and tranquility along the border. “As previously agreed by both countries, the exercise focused on actions to be coordinated to tackle jointly aspects of humanitarian aid and disaster relief,” the Army said in a statement.

This exercise is the complement to the Hand-in-Hand series of India-China Joint Exercises and the recently conducted joint exercise in Sikkim. Officials said the joint exercise, “Sino-India Cooperation 2016”, lasted an entire day. The 30-member Indian Army team was led by Colonel Ritesh Chandra Singh, while the Chinese delegation with an equal strength was led by Colonel Qu Yi. 

Some Key facts of this exercise are – Sino-India Cooperation 2016 is mainly focussed on joint actions coordinated to tackle the aspects of humanitarian aid and disaster relief. It was based on a situation of a national disaster occurring on the border areas and the subsequent rescue mission coordination by joint teams of both countries. 

The increased bilateral interaction between Indian and Chinese border troops is considered as very positive step for enhancing confidence and building relations between the armies of the two country.


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