In­dia, China hold joint Army ex­er­cise in Jammu, Kash­mir

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In a first, In­dia and China on Wed­nes­day car­ried out a joint army ex­er­cise in east­ern Ladakh in Jammu and Kash­mir, a move that comes amid hec­tic diplo­matic ma­noeu­vring be­tween the two coun­tries over a host of is­sues like Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group and des­ig­na­tion of Ma­sood Azhar as a ter­ror­ist by the UN . Dur­ing the day long ex­er­cise on Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid and Dis­as­ter Re­lief (HADR) a fic­ti­tious sit­u­a­tion of earth­quake strik­ing an In­dian Bor­der vil­lage was painted. There­after joint teams car­ried out res­cue op­er­a­tions, evac­u­a­tion and ren­der­ing of med­i­cal as­sis­tance. This was done as a se­quel to the first Joint Ex­er­cise held on Fe­bru­ary 6 in the area of Bor­der Per­son­nel Meet­ing Hut at Chushul Gar­ri­son of East­ern Ladakh, along with Chi­nese troops of Moldo Gar­ri­son.

Sources said that in Fe­bru­ary, the ex­er­cise was held in the Chi­nese side and this time in the In­dian side along the line of Ac­tual Con­trol. The In­dian team for the ex­er­cise was led by Bri­gadier R S Ra­man and that of the Chi­nese was led by Se­nior Colonel Fan Jun.

In­dian and Chi­nese armies held the sec­ond joint tac­ti­cal ex­er­cise.

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