India, China to resume annual military exercise 'Hand in Hand' in December; drill was suspended in 2017 after Dokala standoff

The armies of India and China will resume their annual bilateral military exercise 'Hand in Hand' in December, Army sources said on Wednesday.

Press Trust of India October 18, 2018 09:38:58 IST
India, China to resume annual military exercise 'Hand in Hand' in December; drill was suspended in 2017 after Dokala standoff

New Delhi: The armies of India and China will resume their annual bilateral military exercise 'Hand in Hand' in December, Army sources said on Wednesday.

The drill will be held in China, the sources added.

India China to resume annual military exercise Hand in Hand in December drill was suspended in 2017 after Dokala standoff

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping. PTI

The last 'Hand-in-Hand' exercise took place in Pune in 2016. However, the drill did not take place in 2017 due to tensions between the two armies over Dokala, where the forces of India and China were locked in a 73-day stand-off.

Dokala, in the Sikkim sector, is a strategically important area which is claimed by Bhutan. India has been acting as security guarantor to the tiny country in the sensitive region.

Post Dokala, India and China have been working to increase cooperation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan in April.

In August, Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe visited Delhi during which the two sides decided to work towards firming up a new bilateral pact on defence cooperation and agreed to increase interactions between their militaries at multiple levels to avoid Dokala-like standoffs along the disputed border.

In March, Army Chief Bipin Rawat had said the annual India-China military exercise will resume, noting that the relationship between the two countries which had turned "sour" after the Dokala stand-off was now improving.

The "bonhomie" between the two forces was back, Rawat had said.

Updated Date:

also read

China to strike US bases in Indo-Pacific, aircraft carriers in war over Taiwan
World

China to strike US bases in Indo-Pacific, aircraft carriers in war over Taiwan

Every Pentagon war game has shown the PLA beating America with its biggest arsenal of longest-range missiles

Authoritative regime of Xi Jinping accountable for mass exodus from Hong Kong
World

Authoritative regime of Xi Jinping accountable for mass exodus from Hong Kong

Several residents of Hong Kong are vacating the city to start a new life abroad amid rising fear for their future

How India’s foreign policy ‘independence’ applies to China, too
World

How India’s foreign policy ‘independence’ applies to China, too

The Chinese Foreign Minister recently praised his Indian counterpart for calling out Western ‘meddling’, and also acknowledged it as a ‘sign of New Delhi’s independence’. He needs to realise that this independence also applies to China