As troops of India and China got together for the 7th Sino-India joint exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand 2018’ at Chengdu in China, the soldiers from both side shared a light moment. A video of the Indian army dancing with their Chinese counterpart has delighted people all across the globe and has gone viral on the internet.
The drills are being held after a gap of one year as they could not be held last year because both armies were locked in a 73-day standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim sector. The drills would conclude on December 23. The Indian military contingent headed by Col. Puneet Tomar arrived in Chengdu city Monday to take part in the exercises to foster closer ties between the two militaries which guard the 3488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
China has fielded its troops from the Tibetan military command.
“The aim of the Hand-in-Hand exercises is to build closer relations between the militaries of India and China. The exercises involve tactical level operations in an International Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorist environment as per UN mandate,” it said in a tweet.
China on Monday expressed hope that the resumption of military exercises between the Indian and Chinese armies would inject impetus and yield good results for the improvement of bilateral ties.
“We wish to see good outcomes,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.