The militaries of China and India must”work hand in hand” to the sake of individuals of both nations, ” the Chinese defence ministry said on Thursday, as the armies of both nations are all set to restart joint military exercises next month following a gap of a year after the Doklam standoff.
The 7th India and China joint military exercises,’Hand in Hand’, focussing on counter-terrorism operations will probably be held in southwest China’s Chengdu city from December 10 to December 23, Defence Ministry spokesman Col Ren Guoqiang told a press briefing.
Each side will send 100 troops to share in the 14-day drill,” he explained.
The drills will be held after a gap of one year as the sides have been locked at a 73-day standoff at Doklam from the Sikkim industry of the boundary at 2017.
“The two sides are getting ready for the exercises today. The drill will encourage understanding between the two militaries and enhancing their abilities in combating terrorism,” Col Ren explained.
“True to its title -‘Hand in Hand’ – we think China and Indian militaries must work hand in hand to the benefit of individuals in the states,” he stated, adding that the exercises will consist of live shooting and adoptive and fundamental training.
Following the Doklam standoff, the militaries of both neighbours made attempts to improve the strained relations after the first ever casual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Chinese city of Wuhan in April this year.
The 2 sides engaged in the 9th Circuit dialog held on November 13. Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Lt Gen Shao Yuanming, Deputy Chief of Joint Staff Department of Central Military Commission, engaged in the discussions and discussed bilateral relations, military ties, border management in Addition to regional and Global issues.
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Both sides agreed to stick to the consensus reached by the best leaders of both countries to market military connection under the principle of preserving peace and tranquillity and boosting the faith, friendship and cooperation,” Col Ren explained.
Apart from restarting the defence dialog, leading leaders from the states also met on November 24 in the 21st India-China border talks held in Dujiangyan near Chengdu in southwestern Sichuan province.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi participate in the discussions where they called for intensifying efforts to locate a solution to the vexed border dispute. According to the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang informed press on November 26 the two sides put forward a plethora of forward-looking and viable suggestions and suggestions on progressing border conversations, sustaining peace and stability and encouraging collaboration in the border regions throughout the assembly.
“It’s reasonable to state that the 2 sides generally shared similar perspectives and believing in several locations,” he explained.
Col Ren also said China and Pakistan will maintain 7th joint aviation exercises at Bholari aviation base in Pakistan from November 30 to December 23.
China will send its own fighter jets and bombers and ancient warning AWACS airplanes to the exercise,” he said, including the exercise is going to help improve combat ability of either side.