India Begins Joint Military Exercise with China in Pune

PUNE:  ‘Hand in Hand 2016’, India and China’s Joint Training Exercise began at the parade ground in Aundh Military Camp, in Pune today. Major General YK Joshi, Additional Director General of Military Operations of Indian Army and Major General Wang Haijiang of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and other senior army officers of both the countries were present.

Commanded by Lt Col Li Guanghua, Commanding Officer of PLA, both the senior military officers addressed the contingents before Wang Haijiang of Chinese Army declared the joint exercise open in the parade.

The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both the Armies with each other’s operating procedures, in the backdrop of counter-terrorism environment. The training would also help in enhancing confidence and trust between the two armies which may be called upon to grapple with anti-terrorism operations under the UN mandate.

Conducting the Joint Military Exercises is also an important step to uphold the values of peace, prosperity and stability in the region.