As a confidence-building measure, China and India conducted another bilateral “Hand-in-Hand” (HiH) military exercise. This exercise started on 12 October in Kunming, China.
India sent a detachment of soldiers from its famed Naga Regiment to the exercises. This is the fifth annual HiH exercise since 2007. In addition to the joint training benefits gained, the HiH exercises also serve to promote positive military-to-military ties between the Indian Army and PLA. This is fairly beneficial when incidents occur along the LAC.
1. Indian and Chinese armies on Monday kicked off their fifth annual anti-terrorism exercise in China’s Kunming city as both the sides seek to share their successful experiences in counter-terrorism operations during the 10-day drill.
2. India for the first time fielded troops from the Naga Regiment to take part in the exercises. A contingent of 175 troops from 2nd Battalion of Naga Regiment from Eastern Command reached Kunming by IAF IL-76 aircraft on Sunday to take part in the exercise.
3. Both sides are fielding the same number of troops for the joint exercises, which will culminate on October 22, a press release from the Indian Embassy said.
4. Troops from 14 Corps of China’s Chengdu Military Region, which focuses on borders with India, are taking part in the exercise. Troops of both sides will undergo intensive joint training, which will include displays, demonstrations, and a comprehensive joint exercise
5. The purpose of the exercise is to develop joint operating capability, share useful experience in counter-terrorism operations and to promote friendly exchanges between the armies of India and China, the press release said. Observer groups of both armies witnessed an impressive opening ceremony at Dabanqiao Training Base of 14 Group Army at Kunming on Monday.
6. Indian Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha and Head of Observers Delegation Lieutenant General Surinder Singh attended the meeting and addressed the participating troops. From the Chinese side, Lieutenant General Zhou Xiaozhou addressed the participating troops. This is the fifth round of exercises being held by both sides. The first drill was held in southwest China’s Yunnan Province in 2007, followed by drills in Belgaum in Karnataka in 2008. The third round was held in southwest China’s Sichuan in 2013, followed by fourth in Pune in 2014.
7. Soldiers carry Indian tri-color during commencement of India-China joint exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand 2015’ at Kunming Military Academy in Yunnan Province of China on Monday.
8. Head of Indian Observer Delegation, Lt Gen Surinder Singh speaks during commencement of the joint exercise at Kunming Military Academy in Yunnan Province of China on Monday. (PTI)
9. Indian Ambassador Ashok K Kantha speaks during commencement on Monday.
10. Lt Gen Surinder Singh and his Chinese counterpart Lt Gen Zhou Xiaozhou with Indian Ambassador Ashok K Kantha looking at a gun.
11. Lt Gen Surinder Singh and Lt Gen Zhou Xiaozhou shake hands. (PTI)
12. Soldiers during commencement of ‘Hand-in-Hand 2015’.
13. Indian and Chinese soldiers giving a performance.
14. Inauguration of Sino-Indian military exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand 2015’ at Kunming, China, on October 12, 2015.
15. Tug of war by joint contingents of Indian and Chinese troops.
16. Combat boxing demo by troops of PLA, China.
17. A soldier analysing bullet hits on target by a Chinese soldier who fired the Indian INSAS rifle.
18. Indian troops firing with Chinese weapons.
19. Indian contingent in morning physical routine.
20. Indian and Chinese troops trying out weapons.
21. Indian and Chinese troops discussing their techniques.
22. Indian and Chinese soldiers test the weapons.
23. Chinese contingent in morning physical routine.
24. Firing contingents of China and India proceed towards the combat range in the wee hours.