Jammu/Udhampur,11 December 2018-CNS:-Opening ceremony for the 7th Sino-India joint exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018, scheduled from 10 to 23 December 2018 was held on 11 December 2018 at Chengdu, China. Company size contingents of 11 SIKH LI from Indian Army and a regiment from Tibetan Military District of People’s Liberation Army participated in the exercise. The Indian contingent was led by Col Puneet Paratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKH LI, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun, Commanding Officer from Infantry Battalion of Tibetan Military District of PLA. Major General Kuang Dewang from PLA, reviewed the parade in presence of a number of officials from both the nations.
The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance ability of the joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment under UN mandate.