China, India Conclude Joint Anti-Terrorism Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018

The 7th Sino-India anti-terrorism joint exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018 between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has concluded on Saturday (Dec. 22) in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

As part of validation exercise, the troops of both the armies carried out specialised joint counter terrorist operations including room intervention and hostage rescue which was witnessed by dignitaries of both the armies. The validation exercise was reviewed by Major General Sanjiv Rai, General Officer Commanding Trishul Division of the Indian Army in presence of senior Army officers of both the participating countries. The Chinese side was represented by Major General Li Shizhong, a senior representative of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

The joint training has not only upgraded combat capabilities but also enhanced mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and Indian officers and soldiers, said Major General Shizhong.

The 12-day event has been the seventh joint anti-terrorism training between the Chinese and Indian armed forces since 2007.

Company size contingents of 11 SIKH LI (Sikh Light Infantry) from Indian Army and a regiment from Tibetan Military District of People’s Liberation Army participated in the exercise. The Indian contingent was led by Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun.

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