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India rejects China plea of halting joint military exercise near LAC

India rejects China plea of halting joint military exercise near LAC

A day after China objected to the ongoing India-US joint military exercise claiming it was taking place close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India on Thursday rejected it and said it “exercises with ‘whomsoever’ it chooses and does not give a veto to third countries on this issue”. The exercise called “Yudh Abhyas” is currently underway in Auli, Uttrakhand, about 100 km from the LAC. It is the 18th edition of the India-US joint Army exercise.

China on Wednesday said it was opposed to the joint Indo-US military exercises asserting that it violates the spirit of the two border agreements signed between New Delhi and Beijing. Brushing aside the objection, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said here these exercises going on with the US in Auli have nothing to do with the 1993 and 1996 agreements. “Chinese side needs to reflect and think about its own breach of these agreements. India exercises with whomsoever it chooses and does not give a veto to third countries on this issue,” he asserted.

The exercise aims to enhance interoperability and share expertise between both armies in peacekeeping and disaster relief operations. The nearly two-week exercise began earlier this month. “The joint military exercise between India and the US close to the LAC at the China-India border violates the spirit of the agreement between China and India in 1993 and 1996,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing in Beijing.

“It does not serve the mutual trust between China and India,” he said in response to a question posed by a correspondent from Pakistan. In August, the Chinese military expressed concern over the India-US military exercises.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s reference to the 1993 and 1996 agreements is interesting as India termed the PLA’s attempts to move a large number of troops to the disputed areas in the LAC in eastern Ladakh in May 2020 violated the bilateral agreements which state that the boundary question is resolved through peaceful and friendly consultations.

The military exercise is conducted annually between India and the US with the aim of exchanging best practices, tactics, techniques and procedures between the armies of the two nations. “The 18th Edition of India-US Joint Exercise #YudhAbhyas commenced today at Foreign Training Node, Auli. The aim of Joint Exercise is to enhance interoperability & share expertise between both the Armies in Peace Keeping & Disaster Relief Operations. #IndianArmy #IndiaUSFriendship,” the Indian Army tweeted on November 19.

The previous edition of the exercise was conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, the US in October 2021, officials said. The Ministry of Defence here on November 15 had said that US Army soldiers of 2nd Brigade of the 11th Airborne Division and Indian Army soldiers from the Assam Regiment will participate in the exercise.

The joint exercise will also focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. Troops from both nations will practice launching swift and coordinated relief efforts in the wake of any natural calamity, the ministry said.

Inputs: The Pioneer 

India rejects China plea of halting joint military exercise near LAC

India rejects China plea of halting joint military exercise near LAC

A day after China objected to the ongoing India-US joint military exercise claiming it was taking place close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India on Thursday rejected it and said it “exercises with ‘whomsoever’ it chooses and does not give a veto to third countries on this issue”. The exercise called “Yudh Abhyas” is currently underway in Auli, Uttrakhand, about 100 km from the LAC. It is the 18th edition of the India-US joint Army exercise.

China on Wednesday said it was opposed to the joint Indo-US military exercises asserting that it violates the spirit of the two border agreements signed between New Delhi and Beijing. Brushing aside the objection, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said here these exercises going on with the US in Auli have nothing to do with the 1993 and 1996 agreements. “Chinese side needs to reflect and think about its own breach of these agreements. India exercises with whomsoever it chooses and does not give a veto to third countries on this issue,” he asserted.

The exercise aims to enhance interoperability and share expertise between both armies in peacekeeping and disaster relief operations. The nearly two-week exercise began earlier this month. “The joint military exercise between India and the US close to the LAC at the China-India border violates the spirit of the agreement between China and India in 1993 and 1996,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing in Beijing.

“It does not serve the mutual trust between China and India,” he said in response to a question posed by a correspondent from Pakistan. In August, the Chinese military expressed concern over the India-US military exercises.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s reference to the 1993 and 1996 agreements is interesting as India termed the PLA’s attempts to move a large number of troops to the disputed areas in the LAC in eastern Ladakh in May 2020 violated the bilateral agreements which state that the boundary question is resolved through peaceful and friendly consultations.

The military exercise is conducted annually between India and the US with the aim of exchanging best practices, tactics, techniques and procedures between the armies of the two nations. “The 18th Edition of India-US Joint Exercise #YudhAbhyas commenced today at Foreign Training Node, Auli. The aim of Joint Exercise is to enhance interoperability & share expertise between both the Armies in Peace Keeping & Disaster Relief Operations. #IndianArmy #IndiaUSFriendship,” the Indian Army tweeted on November 19.

The previous edition of the exercise was conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, the US in October 2021, officials said. The Ministry of Defence here on November 15 had said that US Army soldiers of 2nd Brigade of the 11th Airborne Division and Indian Army soldiers from the Assam Regiment will participate in the exercise.

The joint exercise will also focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. Troops from both nations will practice launching swift and coordinated relief efforts in the wake of any natural calamity, the ministry said.

Inputs: The Pioneer 

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