Leh: The armies of India and China today performed a day-long exercise which was focused on humanitarian aid and relief, where a fictitious situation of an earthquake was emulated.
According to an army official statement said, the military exercise is a part of “ongoing initiative to enhance interaction and cooperation between India and China”, and added that it increased “trust and cooperation between the two border guarding forces along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh”.
This joint exercise is named “Sino India Cooperation 2016”, which is second such exercise to be held by the two countries that was held under the provisions of Border Defense Cooperation Agreement, 2013.
The first exercise of the series was held in February this year in eastern Ladakh in Chushul-Moldo area.
The exercise complements the Hand in Hand series of the India-China joint exercises and the effort of both the nations to enhance cooperation and maintain peace and tranquility along the border areas.
Exercise Hand in Hand series, which started in 2007, was held at Kunming Military Academy in Yunnan province of China in 2015.
The 12-day-long exercise was focused on counter-terrorism and anti-insurgency operations, along with humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations.