India China Military Drill

Question: The next joint military drill between India and China will be organized at which of the following place?
(a) Pune
(b) Wuhan
(c) Chengdu
(d) Vishakhapatnam
Answer: (c)
Related facts:

  • The annual bilateral military exercise, “Hand in Hand” will take place Chengdu, China from 10th to 23rd December. It is a part of military diplomacy between Indian and Chinese armies.
  • It aims to increase the capacity of Joint Exercise Commander by empowering him to take military contingencies of both the nations under command hence building close relations between both the armies.
  • Both army will establish a Joint Command Headquarter and conduct joint exercise which will include operations at tactical level in an International Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorist environment as per mandate of UN.
  • The last joint drill of Hand in Hand took place in Pune in 2016. It was suspended in 2017 over tensions between armies in Doklam.
  • DOKLAM ISSUE:
  • Doklam in the Sikkim sector is an area around 100sq km. situated at the trijunction between India, China and Bhutan. The dispute started when Chinese army started to construct a road in a disputed area which was objected by Indian Army. This led to 73-day standoff between forces of India and China in summer 2017.

Links:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=186140
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-china-military-drill-hand-in-hand-2018-indian-chinese-armies-to-resume-annual-military-drill-i-1933747
https://mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/29853/IndiaChina_Informal_Summit_at_Wuhan

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