New Delhi: Military teams from China and several other countries have arrived in the country to participate in the India leg of the International Army Games that will be held in culturally-rich golden city of Jaisalmer from August 6 to 14, officials said on Monday.India is all set to host the fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition as part of the games. It will take part in this discipline for the first time. The international military sports event in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer will be held for over nine days in August in a bid to promote bonhomie among the participating countries. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’China’s participation in the mega event is being seen as a bid by Beijing to boost military cooperation with India, after bilateral ties were hit post the Doklam standoff. “Teams from various countries have arrived for the International Army Games’ events here. The Army Scout Masters Competition will be conducted from August 6 to 14. These games have been a platform for participating nations to interact and promote bonhomie,” a senior official said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KJaisalmer military station is hosting the Army Scout Masters Competition. “The competition is a gruesome test of the essential military skills of a soldier, ranging from navigation, team work, physical endurance, map reading, tactical planning and much more,” he said. Besides the Indian army team, seven countries, including China, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, are participating in the event. “For the past four days, the participating teams have been given extensive and detailed demonstrations and lectures on various stages of the competition and briefed in detail, especially about the regulations and the process of judgement,” the official said. For the next few days, the teams will undertake demonstrations and individual practices to familiarise themselves about the stages, and then they will be given time to carry out training with their respective teams, he said. “The visiting friendly countries have expressed their pleasure and gratitude on the high standards of the infrastructure and the arrangements that have been created for conduct of this unique event, which in itself is a historic event being organised for the first time in India. “This competition will be a true test of team spirit, grit, determination and professional skill of the teams,” the official said. The International Army Games, organised by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, have been taking place since 2015 and sees participation of close to 32 countries. A curtain-raiser of the Army International Scout Masters Competition was held at the Manekshaw Centre here on July which was attended by Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat and several other senior Army officers.