India, China to conduct first joint army exercises

India and China have agreed to hold their first ever joint army exercise as part of a wider effort to improve ties between the one-time Asian enemies, military officials said Thursday.

India, China to conduct first joint army exercises
India and China have agreed to hold their first ever joint army exercise as part of a wider effort to improve ties between the one-time Asian enemies, military officials said Thursday.

The manoeuvre is slated for October and will see 100 Indian troops sent to China for a workout in anti-terrorism tactics, the Indian army chief, General J.J. Singh, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express newspaper.

"We had a small thing earlier -- not an exercise but a mountaineering expedition -- two years ago," army spokesman Colonel S.K. Sakhuja told AFP.

The agreement comes after the army chief visited China at the end of May, which the defence ministry said had led to a decision on "engagement and mutual confidence building" including more joint training exercises.

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