Military Capabilities

India and China to resume annual HiH joint military exercise

18 October 2018

The armies of India and China will resume their annual ‘Hand-In-Hand’ (HiH) joint military exercise more than a year after the 2017 iteration was cancelled following a 72 day-long stand-off between the two countries along their disputed borders and those of the neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Official sources said that a meeting to finalise the schedules and modalities of the seventh edition of the HiH military manoeuvres is to take place in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province between 1- to 3 November.

Senior security and military officials familiar with the proceedings told Jane’s on 17 October that the upcoming exercise, which is likely to be held in December in Sichuan Province, will focus on counter-terrorism and feature about 175 Indian Army (IA) personnel and an equal number from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

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