India China to have Joint Military Exercise in Meghalaya

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  1. India and China will hold the 8th edition of the annual military exercise Hand in Hand in December 2019.
  2. The exercise will take place at Umroi, Meghalaya.
  3. It is at the company level, meaning around 100-120 infantry troops from both sides will be participating.
  4. It will be based on counter-terrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
  5. Hand-in-Hand military exercises are tactical-level operations that aims to build closer relations between Indian and Chinese armies. The first Hand in Hand exercise was held in Kunming, China in 2007.
  6. The 6th edition of the exercise was held in Pune in 2016. The 7th edition was held in Chengdu region of China in 2018.
  7. The India-China Hand-in-Hand military exercise was cancelled in 2017 amid the heightened tensions between the two countries following the Doklam standoff.