NEW DELHI, Oct 19 (KUNA) — Indian security forces on Wednesday announced that India and China military forces have carried out a joint army exercise in the eastern region of Ladakh in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir.
The move comes amid efforts from both the sides to improve bilateral ties following intensive talks between the countries as part of cementing existing relations in the fields of military, trade and security.
A statement issued in this regard by the Indian Army, said that the day long exercise on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief was conducted after creating an imaginary earthquake striking an Indian Border village.
Rescue operations, evacuation and providing medical assistance were the nature of the joint exercise today.
The Indian side was led by Brigadier R S Raman and Chinese was led by Sr Col Fan Jun.
“The exercise was a great success and has not only refined the drills to provide succour to the border population in case of natural calamity but has also increased the level of trust and cooperation between the two border guarding forces along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh,” the Army said in a statement.