Chinese troops march during a parade at
a military base near Chelyabinsk of Russia Aug. 11, 2007. About 2,000
troops from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members held a
joint field exercise in Chelyabinsk on Saturday, starting the second phase
of the "Peace Mission 2007" anti-terror drill. (Xinhua Photo/Li
CHELYABINSK, Russia, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese military
forces were open to learn from their counterparts taking part in a joint
anti-terrorism exercise sponsored by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
in this Russian city, Chinese officers said on Monday.
"Training programs are preparations for real war and
we are not conservative in such exercises," said Lu Chuangang, a senior Chinese
officer with the superintending command.
About 4,000 troops and 80 aircraft from China,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are participating in
the joint exercise, which will last until Aug. 17 in the Chebarkulrange near
"The performance of airborne troops from Tajikistan
was very impressive. They are as brave as tigers," Major. Li Dejiang of
theChinese army said, when the troops held their last joint maneuver on Monday.
Senior Colonel Sun Xiuhe, however, was impressed by
the Russian command procedures. "The Russian officers are precise when making
and implementing plans and they will not change layouts in an easy manner," he
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has
carried out 17 joint war games with foreign armed forces since 2002 and has
invited foreign military observers and military attaches in China to observe
their exercises, as well as carrying out exchanges of visits by senior officers
and defense consultations.
"Since a non-traditional threat has emerged in the
world, more than half of joint military exercises are focusing on such
operations as counter-terrorism, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid," said Ouyang
Wei, a professor with the PLA National Defense University.
The joint anti-terror drill, the first of its kind
involving military forces from all SCO members, will be observed by heads of
state of the six nations on Aug. 17.