The Indian and Chinese armies on 19 October 2016 held second joint exercise Sino India Cooperation 2016 in Ladakh. The exercise was held as a part of the ongoing initiative to enhance interaction and cooperation between India and China, under the provisions of Border Defense Cooperation Agreement, 2013.
The Exercise was held as a sequel to the first Joint Exercise held on 6 February 2016 in the area of Border Personnel Meeting Hut at Chushul Garrison of Eastern Ladakh, along with Chinese troops of Moldo Garrison.
Key highlights of the exercise
• During the day long exercise on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), a fictitious situation of earthquake striking an Indian Border village was painted. Thereafter, joint teams carried out rescue operations, evacuation and rendering of medical assistance.
• The Indian Team was led by Brigadier RS Raman.
• The Chinese Team was led by Senior Col Fan Jun.
• The exercise refined the drills to provide succour to the border population in case of natural calamity.
• It also increased the level of trust and cooperation between the two border guarding forces along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.
• The joint exercise complements the Hand-in-Hand series of India-China joint exercises which started in 2007.
When: 19 October 2016