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India, China carry out joint military exercise in eastern Ladakh

The drill was held on the Indian side of the border, a sequel to the training carried out on the Chinese side of the LAC in February, according to officials.

India and China on Wednesday carried out a joint military exercise in the Jammu and Kahsmir region. The one-day Army drill was carried out in eastern Ladakh, PTI reported. The exercise was a sequel to the first such training carried out on February 6 in the Border Personnel Meeting Hut's Chushul Garrison area in eastern Ladakh.

The drill on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief involved a fictitious situation of an earthquake striking an Indian border village. The teams carried out rescue and relief operations as part of the joint exercise. While the February drill was carried out on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control, Wednesday's exercise took place on the Indian side, officials told PTI.

Brigadier RS Raman led the Indian troops, while the Chinese team was led by Senior Colonel Fan Jun. In a statement, the Indian Army said the exercise was a great success. "It has not only refined the drills to provide succour to the border population in case of natural calamity, but it has also increased the level of trust and cooperation between the two border guarding forces along the LAC in eastern Ladakh," the Army said.

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