The 8th India-China joint training exercise ‘HAND-IN-HAND 2019’ with the theme counter-terrorism under the United Nations mandate was held at Umroi, Meghalaya from 07 to 20 December 2019.
The aim of the exercise was to practice joint planning and conduct of counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban terrain.
- The exercise schedule is focused upon training on various lectures & drills associated with counter-terrorist handling & firing with each others weapons, special heliborne operations and case studies of various operations carried out in the counter-terrorist environment.
- Two tactical exercises were scheduled during the training; one on counter-terrorism scenario and the other on Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
- The exercise entailed firing of each other’s weapons and conduct of tactical lectures & demonstration by both countries with respect to various aspects of counter-terrorism operations.
- The People’s Liberations Army (PLA) contingent from the Tibet Military Command& Indian Army contingent comprising of one Infantry company along with supporting staff have participated in the 14 days long joint training exercise.
The exercise will send a strong signal to the world that both India and China well understand the emerging threat of terrorism and stand shoulder to shoulder in countering this menace plaguing the world.