During the ongoing joint military exercise Hand-in-Hand with China at Chengdu, troops of both the nations actively took part in the cultural activities. There was a magnificent display of their cultures by the contingents of Indian and Chinese armies. The Indian contingent of 11 SikhLi stole the show by performing bhangra in colourful attires. The joint exercise had promoted understanding and inter-operability between both the armies.

Last week, a video of Indian Army troops teaching bhangra to People’s Liberation Army of China went viral on social media. The joint military drill is being conducted in China’s Chengdu from December 10 to 23. The opening ceremony of the exercise was held on December 11. More than 100 personnel from both the armies are participating in the exercise. Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, led the Indian contingent, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun.

The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance ability of the joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Troops Exchange Gifts With PLA Soldiers During The Military Drill.

The seventh edition of the exercise is being conducted after a gap of one year. The last edition of ‘Hand-in-Hand’ took place in 2016. The drill was not held in 2017 due to the Doklam stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Bhutan. Indian troops entered the Doklam plateau to stop the Chinese military from building a new road as it would have given strategic advantage to China. India considered it as a serious security concern.

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