The five day joint exercise, Hand-in-Hand 2007, was the first-ever joint anti-terrorism military training between the two countries. The exercise took place at the PLA’s Military Academy, located in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, which borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
The training ended with a military drill on 25DEC07 with the participation of 206 ground troops from the two armies. In the scenario, 56 “terrorists” from “a certain international terrorism organization” entered the border area of China and India. They “established” a training base and “intended” to attack a trading port on the border between the two countries.The finale maneuver involved establishing a joint command post, joint battle decision-making, implementation of anti-terrorism operation before wiping out a group of “terrorists” and rescuing “hostages.”
Helicopters, tanks, trench mortars and grenade launchers have been employed in the drill, according to sources with the drill headquarters.
Lieutenant General Susheel Gupta, head of the Indian military observer delegation declared the conclusion of the Sino-Indian joint anti-terrorism military training code-named “Hand-in-Hand 2007” at 11:27 a.m.
The anti-terrorism military training was carried out to implement the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding for Exchanges and Cooperation in the Field of Defense signed between the defense ministries of China and India on May 29, 2006.