India, Vietnam 3rd edition army exercise “Ex VINBAX 2022” begin at Chandimandir in Haryana

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The third edition of the Vietnam-India bilateral military exercise "EX WINBEX 2022" is being held at Chandimandir from August 1 to 20, 2022.

Important facts

  • It is a sequel to the bilateral exercise conducted earlier in Vietnam in 2019 and marks a major milestone in the strengthening of bilateral ties between India and Vietnam.

  • Both the countries share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and defence cooperation is a key pillar of this partnership. 

  • Vietnam is an important partner in India's Act East policy and Indo-Pacific vision.

  • India has a rich legacy of deploying troops in UN missions and has excellent capabilities to provide UN peacekeeping training, including best practices for training potential UN peacekeepers at tactical, operational and strategic levels.

  • The joint exercise will also provide an opportunity to the soldiers of both the countries to learn about each other's social and cultural heritage.

  • The Indian Army is represented by soldiers from 105 Engineer Regiment.

  • The theme of Ex VINBAX - 2022 - employment and deployment of an Engineer Company and a Medical Team as part of United Nations Contingent for Peacekeeping Operations.

India and Vietnam

  • The two countries signed a "Joint Vision" document to "significantly increase the scope and scale" of bilateral ties by 2030 during the recent visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Vietnam.

  • Both countries are listed among the fastest growing economies in Asia and both aim to enhance peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region through multi-faceted cooperation.

  • As emerging economies and important countries, there is a broad convergence of interests with regard to creating alternative supply chains in Asia.

  • They are equally concerned about China's aggressive and expansionist policies in the Indo-Pacific.

  • The two countries have also shared a comprehensive strategic partnership since 2016 and defence cooperation is a key pillar of this partnership.

  • The two countries have also cooperated in UN peacekeeping, ship visits and bilateral exercises.

  • The two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Logistics Support, the first of its kind that Vietnam has signed with any country.

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