PUNA, India, Nov. 16 (Xinhua)– Chinese and Indian army troops started their joint anti-terror exercises in the Western Indian city of Puna on Wednesday.
Code named “Hand in Hand 2016,” the drill involves 139 troops from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) units stationed in Tibet and the same number of Indian army troops.
During the drill, which is to last 11 days, the troops will be mingled and regrouped into two companies, and conduct exhibitions, training and exercises of joint counter-terrorism reconnaissance operations, removing improvised explosives and combating terrorists in semi-urban environment.
The soldiers will also stage some recreational and cultural activities during the intervals of their training to enhance friendship and communications.
This is the 6th joint anti-terrorism exercise held by the Chinese and Indian armies, and the third conducted in India.