It’s Time For A Firm Handshake With The Dragon: Sikh Light Infantry Troops In China For Joint Military ExerciseOpening ceremony of Sino-Indian joint military exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand’ (Pic: Twitter)

The seventh edition of the Sino-Indian joint military exercise, ‘Hand-in-Hand 2018’, is set to go in China’s Chengdu,The Tribune has reported.

The exercise began on 11 December and will go on until 23 December. The joint exercise consists of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The exercise aims to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance the ability of the joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counterinsurgency/ counter-terrorism environment under UN mandate.

Contingents of 11 Sikh Light Infantry from Indian Army and a regiment from Tibetan Military District of People’s Liberation Army are participating in the exercise.

Commanding Officer of 11 Sikh Light Infantry Col Puneet Paratap Singh Tomar commands the Indian contingent while the Chinese unit is commanded by Col Zhou Jun, Commanding Officer from Infantry Battalion of Tibetan Military District of PLA, an Indian Army statement said.

Major General Kuang Dewang from PLA reviewed the parade in the presence of some officials from both the nations in the opening ceremony.

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