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China-U.S. joint live troop exercises close in Hawaii

11-15-2013 11:04 BJT

HONOLULU, United States, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The first China-U.S. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) live troop exercises ended on Thursday in a U.S. Marine Corps training area on the east side of OAhu in Hawaii.

Chinese and U.S. soldiers cooperate in a joint exercise in Hawaii, the United States, Nov. 14, 2013.
U.S. and Chinese forces held a disaster assistance and humanitarian relief exercise in Hawaii on
Thursday. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

The games, designed to maximize "side by side" interaction and communications, involved about 47 U.S. soldiers and representatives and 26 officers and soldiers of the People's Liberation Armyof China at Bellows Air Force Base.

"This is the 9th humanitarian assistance and disaster relief academic exchange between China and the U.S. and also the first Joint Live Troop Exercise of its kind," said Zhao Kaizeng, deputy political commissar of Chengdu Military Area Command. The U.S.-China HA/DR academic exchanges began in 1997.

"The joint exercise helps improve mutual trust between the two militaries and will contribute to the enhancement of military-to-military as well as state-to-state relationship," Zhao said.

Ji Li, deputy chief of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense of China, told Xinhua, "If I use one word to describe this event, that is cooperation. If I use more words, I will use 'team spirit and friendship'."

Col. Bill Florig, chief of civil military operations for U.S. Army Pacific, also lauded the event.

"This is one step closer to being able to work together and I am hoping that it goes into other aspects of the mutual relationship as well," he told Xinhua.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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