The Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) kicked off the 7th Sino-India joint exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018 with an opening ceremony conducted in Chengdu, China on Dec. 11.
The Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018 is scheduled from 10 to 23 December 2018.
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 is participating 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. Major General Kuang Dewang, senior representative of joint training from PLA, reviewed the parade in presence of a number of officials from both the nations.
The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance ability of the joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate.