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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

The two-week exercise included more than 250 Chinese and Indian military personnel engaged in various joint counterterrorism trainings.

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya for
Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

Briefing by an air force officer ahead of heli-dropping drill.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

Free hand exercises performed by a unit of the Indian Army.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

A unit of Indian Army Performing the Khukri Dance.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

A unit of the Indian Army displaying unarmed combat tactics.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

A unit of the Chinese army demonstrating martial arts.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

A unit of the Indian army demonstrating combat tactics over fire.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

House clearance drill in counterterrorism operation.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

A joint squad of Chinese and Indian armies in a counter-terrorism drill.

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

A unit of the Chinese Army displaying martial arts .

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Hand-in-Hand 2019: Indian and Chinese Armies Come Together for Joint Military Exercise

The participating contingents in the exercise from both the countries along with observers.

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The eighth edition of the joint India-China military training exercise Hand-in-Hand 2019 has drawn to a close in the Indian state of Meghalaya in the Northeast. 

Held at the Joint Training Node at Umroi Military Station, the exercise between the two neighbors was aimed at engaging infantry units in joint drills for counter-terrorism operations in semi-urban terrain and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations under a United Nations mandate.

The exercise which was held December 7-20 included firing from one another’s weapons, conduct of tactical lectures and demonstrations on various aspects of counterterrorism operations by both contingents. The module also included physical training activities, battle obstacle courses and games, special heliborne operations and case studies of various operations carried out in counterterror environment. Close to 250 military personnel participated in the exercise that lasted for two weeks. 

The two contingent commanders – Colonel Hu Chunguan from Tibet’s Military Command and Colonel K J Singh of the Indian Army – at Umroi Military Station before the start of the exercise. Photo courtesy of a special arrangement.

The joint India-China military exercise began in 2007, but remained shelved for five years until it was resumed in 2013. Previous iterations were held in Yunnan, Belgaum, Sichuan and Pune.

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Rajeev Bhattacharyya is a senior journalist in Assam, India.