India and China began their “Hand-in-Hand” military drill yesterday in China’s city of Chengdu. The drill is set to improve ties between the two militaries. China and India militaries had a standoff at Doklam [an area with a plateau and a valley, lying between Tibet’s Chumbi Valley to the north, Bhutan’s Ha Valley to the east and India’s Sikkim state] last year.
The 7th edition of the joint training will focus on tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/counter terrorist environment as per the UN mandate.
China on Monday said that it hopes that the resumption of the exercises between the two armies will produce good results and lead to improved bilateral relations. This drills are held after a one year gap, the military training did no take place in the past year due to the 73 day standoff between both countries militaries in Doklam in the Sikkim secor.