India-China joint military exercise begins in Meghalayaâ€™s Umroi
Guwahati/IBNS: The 8th India-China joint training exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand 2019’ with the theme of counter terrorism under United Nations mandate commenced in Meghalaya’s Umroi on Saturday.
The 14-day joint training exercise between India and Chinese army started at Joint Training Node, Umroi in Meghalaya.
The People’s Liberations Army (PLA) contingent comprising of 130 personnel of Tibet Military Command had arrived at Air Force Station Borjhar in Guwahati on Friday and the Indian Army extended a warm and traditional welcome to the PLA contingent which was followed by exchange of pleasantries amongst soldiers of both nations.
The joint exercise is scheduled to be conduct at Umroi, Meghalaya from Dec 7 to Dec 20.
The opening ceremony took place on Saturday, followed by the speech by Major General Deepak Mehra, General Officer Commanding Red Horns Division.
The focus on initial four days of the exercise will be on Orientation to Training Area, Lectures on Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism environment, firing by each other's weapons, Improvised Explosive Devices drills and various practices on above aspects.
The scope of this exercise cover company level Joint Training on Counter Terrorism Operation in semi urban terrain under United Nations Mandate and the exercise is aimed at building and promoting positive relations between both the armies.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)