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India, China Conclude Joint Military Exercises


India and China have wrapped up five days of joint military exercises, the first such drill involving the the world's two largest armies.

Troops from both countries participated in a mock scenario Tuesday, during which they targeted a training camp set up by terrorists along the Indo-China border.

The exercise wrapped up the joint training mission named "Hand-in-Hand, 2007," during which 100 troops from India and China gathered in southern China's Yunnan province.

Indian officials have volunteered to host another joint military exercise next year.

Both governments are trying to counter domestic separatist movements.

In China, the government has waged a campaign against Uighur Muslims seeking independence in the oil-rich northwestern region of Xinjian. India has long battled Islamic militants in Kashmir and communist insurgents in poor, rural communities.

India and China have tried to expand trade and diplomatic ties in recent years although they still have several territorial disputes. The two countries fought a brief war in 1962 over their disputed Himalayan border.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.


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