Just days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President XI Jinping met at the BRICS summit, India and China on Wednesday carried out a joint army exercise in eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to reports, “Sino-India Cooperation 2016 A” exercise was a sequel to the first such training carried out on February 6 in the Border Personnel Meeting Hut’s Chushul Garrison area in eastern Ladakh.
“The exercise was a great success and has not only refined the drills to provide succor to the border population in case of natural calamity but has also increased the level of trust and cooperation between the two border guarding forces along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh,” Col Rohan Anand, PRO (Army) told Economic Times.
The drill on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief involved a fictitious situation of an earthquake striking an Indian border village. The teams carried out rescue and relief operations as part of the joint exercise. The Indian team for the exercise was led by Brigadier RS Raman and that of the Chinese was led by Sr Col Fan Jun.