|A "blue army" tank moves towards the
"enemy" in the military exercise in a training base in the Inner Mongolia
Autonomous Region in north China September 27, 2005.
|Soliders and vehicles stand ready for the
military exercise in a training base in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region in north China September 27, 2005.
HOHHOT, Sept. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- China on Tuesday
launched a military exercise code-named "North Sword 2005" in a training base in
the northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Forty foreign military officers from 24 countries
were invited to observe the exercise at the Zhurihe training base, a tactical
drill base in Inner Mongolia.
The exercise was an important multilateral military
exchange activity with the presence of the largest number of foreign observers
since the founding of New China in 1949, said a Chinese defense official.
The exercise demonstrates the sincere wish of the
Chinese army to develop friendly cooperation with foreign armies, said Jia
Xiaoning, deputy director of the Chinese Defense Ministry's Foreign Affairs
It will also help enhance mutual trust and
understanding, deepen friendship and cooperation, and promote international and
regional security cooperation, Jia said.
Jia said the exercise was aimed at fully displaying
the new concept of security based on "mutual trust and benefit, equality and
It is the fifth time for China to invite foreign
observers to watch its military exercises since 2000. The North Sword 2005
drill, which involves about 16,000 soldiers, has invited the largest number of
"The Chinese army is becoming more open and
transparent," said Peng Guangqian, a major general of the Chinese People's
Liberation Army (PLA).
"Such openness and transparency is a refution against
the 'China threat' rhetoric," said Peng, who is also a research fellowwith the
PLA's Military Academy of Sciences. "Facts have proved that China does not
constitute any threat to any country, instead China is a major force in
safeguarding world peace and stability."
After the war game, Chinese and foreign military
officers will hold academic discussions at the drill base, according to defense