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Senior Chinese commander calls for strengthening military cooperation with Kazakhstan

09-10-2010 08:55 BJT Special Report:2010 Peace Mission Drill |

ALMATY, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese commander Chen Bingde said Thursday that China and Kazakhstan will further enhance their military cooperation to ensure regional security.

Chen Bingde (R), chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army,
meets with Saken Zhasuzakov, first deputy defense minister and chief of the staff of
Kazakhstan's Armed Forces, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sept. 9, 2010. Chen visited Almaty
on Thursday to attend the opening ceremony of the "Peace Mission - 2010" anti-terrorism
military exercise, which is launched under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization in south Kazakhstan from Sept. 9 to 25. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

During a meeting with Saken Zhasuzakov, first deputy defense minister and chief of the staff of Kazakhstan's armed forces, Chen thanked the Kazaks for their efforts to prepare the upcoming "Peace Mission 2010" anti-terror drill.

Chen, chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), also thanked them for their support of the participating Chinese troops.

The Sept. 9-25 anti-terror drill, the seventh of its kind under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, is an important move to implement the consensus reached by the heads of state of SCO countries, said Chen.

The exercise will significantly contribute to eliminating the Three Evil Forces of extremism, separatism and terrorism, promoting regional security and deepening SCO-wide cooperation, Chen said.

Noting that profound changes are taking place in Central Asia, Chen said the security situation in the region concerns the core interests of both China and Kazakhstan because the former is a neighbor of the region, while the latter is a large player inside it.

The Three Evil Forces are a big public hazard to the international community, especially to Central Asia, the senior Chinese commander said, adding that Beijing and Almaty, both as SCO members, play a key role in maintaining regional security.

Through in-depth cooperation, the two sides have made great contributions to the common fight against the Three Evil Forces and the maintenance of regional peace, Chen said.

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