China says joint military exercise with India 'momentous occasion'

China says joint military exercise
with India 'momentous occasion'

China and India wrapped up their first-ever joint military exercises yesterday with a drill in which they "wiped out" a group of supposed terrorists along their border, state press reported.
In the mock scenario, 56 members of an unnamed international terrorist organization had taken hostages after establishing a training base along the two nations' border, according to the Xinhua news agency.
The three-hour drill was the culmination of five days of exercises between about 100 troops from each of the two nations' militaries in southwest China's Yunnan province, which borders India.
Chinese officials had initially said the exercises were meant to last for nine days. However the Xinhua report said they were only a five-day operation, without giving a reason for the different time frame.
"This is a momentous occasion for us," the report quoted Lieutenant General Susheel Gupta, deputy chief of India's Army Staff, saying.
"This first-ever joint training shows our resolve to fight against terrorism and ensure peace for the entire world."

Updated : 2021-03-01 03:14 GMT+08:00