In order to carryout humanitarian-aid and disaster relief during natural disasters, the Chinese and Indian troops held the first joint strategic exercise alongside at Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh sector of Disputed Jammu and Kashmir region The Indian Express reported on Monday.
Part of the ongoing initiatives being taken by both the countries, the joint exercise lasted the entire day in Chushul-Moldo area on Saturday, an Udhampur based Defence ministry spokesperson Colonel S D Goswami told the newspaper.
Led by Colonel Ritesh Chandra Singh, thirty Indian personnel participated in the joint exercise. The Chinese delegation was led by Colonel Qu Yi, the spokesperson said, adding that the exercise was code-named “Sino-India Cooperation 2016.” The joint exercise was based on a situation of national disaster occurring on the border and subsequent coordination of rescue mission by joint teams of both the countries, he added.
It compliments the Hand-in-Hand series of China-India joint exercises, including the recently conduced one in Sikkim, the spokesperson said, adding the increased interaction among both the Indian and Chinese troops is “very positive step in enhancing confidence and building relations between the two armies.”