INDIA, CHINA PLAN NAVY, AIR FORCE EXERCISES TO BOOST MUTUAL TRUST

12 Jul 2013 11:19

NEW DELHI, July 12 (Bernama) -- India and China are planning to hold exercises between their navies and air forces in the near future, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The armies of both two countries have held exercises between them codenamed Hand-to-Hand, with its third edition to be held in Chengdu military region of China in October.

Sources said both countries have agreed during recent meetings that exercises be held between their navies and air forces to strengthen mutual trust between the armed forces.

Initial exercises would be elementary in nature and their level increased in future, the sources said.

Schedule for the exercises and their time-frame will be decided in later meetings.

India's Defence Ministry said recently China and India have also agreed to let their air forces and navies undertake enhanced professional exchanges, and to enhance ties between military headquarters.

India and China's armies held their first exercises in 2007 at Belgaum in South Indian state of Karnataka, with plans to hold similar events annually.

The same exercises were held at China's Kunming city in 2008.

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