India and China to hold an annual HiH combat exercise at Meghalaya in December 2019

India and China plans to hold an annual Hand-in-Hand (HiH) combat exercise at Umroi, near Shillong, Meghalaya in December 2019.
Akarsh Phanindra

Updated: Jul 22,2019 11:47:17 am

India and China to hold an annual HiH combat exercise at Meghalaya in December 2019

22 July 2019 Current Affairs:India and China plans to hold an annual “Hand-in-Hand” (HiH) combat exercise at Umroi, near Shillong, Meghalaya in December 2019. It will be a two-week long exercise. The planning conference for the 8th edition of the exercise will be held in the month of August 20919.

Aim:
In the exercise, India and China will be focusing on counter-terrorism operations, human assistance and disaster management. 
The countries will discuss the operationalization of the high level communications between their militaries.
The exercise aims to manage the troop confrontations along Line of Actual Control (LAC) by implementing better CBMs, additional border personnel meeting (BPM) points and greater interaction between local commanders on the ground. 

Participants:
Around 120 troops from each side will be participating in the exercise. The complete plan of the drill will be planned out in August 2019 at the planning conference. 

History:
The Joint Military Exercise Hand-in-Hand was initiated in 2007 in Kunming,China. The 2nd exercise was held in Belgaum, Karnataka. HiH was dropped after the 2nd edition. The exercise was then resumed in 2013, when both the countries suspended their military ties because of a staple visa row.
In 2017, the exercise was not held because both the Armies were locked in a 73-day stand-off at Doklam in Sikkim sector. In June-August 2017, the bilateral border tensions were reduced and the two armies moved to additional infantry battalions, tanks, artillery and missile units towards the border.
In April 2018, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held an informal summit at Wuhan. The summit aimed to improve relations between the two countries. Then again the exercise resumed in December 2018. The 7th edition of the exercise was held in Chengdu, China. 

 
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