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China, India prepare for joint military exercise
August 1, 2013, 9:56 am


The first two exercises were held in 2007 and 2008 [Xinhua]

China and India are finalising the schedule for a third joint counter-terrorism exercise between their armies announced during India’s Defence Minister A K Antony’s visit to China last month.

A delegation of the Chinese Army is scheduled to visit India in the last week of August to hold a planning conference in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

The two-week long Hand-in-Hand exercise between China and India will be held in October in the Chengdu region of China, according to Indian news agency PTI.

The first two exercises were held in 2007 and 2008.

The two sides will practice counter insurgency and counter terrorism manoeuvres under the UN mandate.

China and India are also negotiating a new Border Defence Cooperation Agreement.

China is ready to “break new ground” with India on the historical border talks, said China’s Special Representative Yang Jiechi in June in Beijing.

Source: Agencies