India Will Likely Hold Bilateral War Games with both Russia and China
June 27, 2007 • 12:46PM

June 26, 2007 (LPAC-)— later in 2007, The Hindu reported June 24. High-ranking Indian officers will meet with their Russian and Chinese counter-parts in July, to plan for the maneuvers. For India, these would be the first war games on Russian and Chinese soil, although the Indian Navy has already held joint maneuvers with both navies. The Hindu quoted Army sources in New Delhi saying that these "planning conferences will be held in the expectation that the exercises will take place in September-October. They will be company-level exercises in all probability and the meetings will decide the final dates. The backdrop will be counter-terrorism."

These war exercises will follow large-scale maneuvers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in late July. Six trainloads of Chinese troops will travel to Chelyabinsk, in the southern Urals, for the exercises, to be called Peace Mission 2007. Russia will deploy 2,000 troops. China will also send 46 military aircraft.

Indian Army Staff Gen. JJ Singh finalized plans for the Indian-Chinese maneuvers in Beijing. Indian and Chinese military officers have witnessed each other's exercises, but never carried them out jointly.