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Background: SCO anti-terror military drills

09-11-2010 13:13 BJT

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Over the past few years, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has held a number of joint military exercises.

The first joint drill was held in 2002. It took place in the mountainous region between China and Kyrgyzstan. Border defense forces and special forces from both countries took part. It marked the PLA's first military exercise outside China.

In 2003, the venue was Kazakhstan and China. Soldiers from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan took part.

Peace Mission 2005 was the first joint military exercise between China and Russia. It included combined land, sea, and air elements. The simulation was an intervention in a state besieged by terrorists or political turmoil. 8 thousand Chinese troops took part, along with 2 thousand Russian troops in Russia's Vladivostok and China Shangdong Peninsula.

In 2006, China and Tajikistan held their first joint anti-terror military exercise in Tajikistan. It involved more than 300 Tajik troops from the artillery, infantry and airborne divisions, as well as a reinforced company of more than 150 Chinese troops.

Peace Mission 2007 was held by all current six SCO members in Russia's Ural Mountain region and Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. More than 4 thousand troops took part, the biggest operation involving all SCO members.

Peace Mission 2009 also took place in Russia and the Taonan tactical training base of the PLA in northeast China's Jilin Province. Up to 13-hundred army and air force from each side took part.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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