BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- China and Russia will hold their first joint
military exercises on Aug. 18-25, China's Ministry of Defense announced here
In a press release, the ministry said the exercises, dubbed "Peace Mission
2005", will be carried out in Vladivostok in far eastern region of Russia and
East China's Shandong Peninsula and nearby offshore seawaters.
The exercises will involve nearly 10,000 troops from the armies, navies, air
forces as well as airborne units, marine corps and logistic units of Chinese
and Russian armed forces, said the press release.
Chinese and Russian defense ministries signed a memorandum on conducting
joint military exercises in July 2004. The chiefs of the general staffs of
Chinese and Russian armed forces will announce the commencement of the exercises
in Vladivostok on Aug. 18.
China and Russia have invited the defense ministers from member countries of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and representatives from SCO's
observer countries to watch the joint exercises.
The holding of the maneuvers is in line with the guideline of the UN Charter,
and complies with the widely recognized international laws and the respect
of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries,
said the press release.
"The exercises neither aim at any third party nor concern with the
interests of any third country," said the press release.
The ministry said that the mission of the drills mainly aim to deepen
Sino-Russian mutual trust, promote mutual friendship and enhance the cooperation
and coordination of the two armed forces in the areas of defense and security.
The joint exercises will also help strengthen the capability of the two
armed forces in jointly striking international terrorism, extremism and
Through the exercises, the two armed forces can improve their coordinated capabilities to handle crises and meet new challenges and threats, said the press release. Enditem