North India Times

Indo-China joint military exercise kicks off

The Fourth India-China Joint Training Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2014 began at Pune in Maharashtra yesterday. The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both the Armies with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter terrorism environment.

The 12 day Indo China Training Exercise is focused upon training on crossing of obstacles, special heliborne operations, firing of various weapons, handling and neutralization of improvised explosive devices and conduct of cordon and search operations in insurgency and terrorism environment.

Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2014 is expected to develop mutual understanding and respect for each other’s military. The coming together of two of the world’s largest and modern armies to tackle the world wide phenomenon of terrorism is indicative of the growing realization that the most dangerous enemy of world peace today is the growing spectre of international terrorism.

The basic objective of the training is enhancing confidence and trust between the two armies which may be called upon to grapple with anti terrorism operations even under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercises is also an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the region by jointly eradicating terrorism. The exercise will terminate on 25 November.

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