ZHURIHE, Inner Mongolia, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- A multinational anti-terror drill was kicked off by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in north China's Inner Mongolia on Sunday.
Deputy chiefs of the general staff from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and deputy commander of Russia's eastern military command participated in the opening ceremony of the drill at the Zhurihe training base.
The joint exercise code-named "Peace Mission 2014" is scheduled to run from Aug. 24 to Aug. 29 and aims to deter the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, said Wang Ning, chief director of the drill and deputy chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army.
"The drill focuses on joint multilateral decision making and action, with exchanges of anti-terror intelligence among the SCO members to effectively boost the troops' coordinated ability to fight terrorism," Wang said.
A total of 7,000 troops from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have been dispatched to the Zhurihe training base for the drill, including ground and air forces, special operations and airborne troops and others tasked with electronic countermeasures, reconnaissance, mapping and positioning.
Drones, airborne early warning aircraft, air-defense missiles, tanks and armored vehicles have also joined the exercise.
The relationships of the SCO members are "unbreakable" and the joint drill will certainly strengthen their resolve and capability to fight terrorism, said deputy commander of Russia's eastern military command Tselko.
The exercise scenario involves a separatist organization, supported by an international terrorist organization, plotting terrorist incidents and hatching a coup plot to divide the country. The SCO dispatches military forces to put down the insurrection and restore stability at the request of the country's government.
The 2014 event has exceeded previous drills in scale and weaponry involved and is close to real combat, said Meng Xiangqing, professor of the PLA National Defense University.
"Armed forces of neighboring countries have penetrated into the interior of China to conduct the drill this time," Meng said. "Without high level of strategic mutual trust, this kind of drill could never be held."
"Military cooperation among the SCO member states has entered a deepened run-in period," said Meng.
Founded in Shanghai in 2001, the SCO groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are observers. Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.
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Russia hopes its military officers can gain experience in anti-terror missions through the six-day joint drill, which will involve over 7,000 personnel from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, said Major General Mikhail Yakovlevich Nosulev. Full story
ZHURIHE, Inner Mongolia, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- An upcoming anti-terror drill to be held among members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) does not indicate that it is becoming a military alliance, a senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) officer stressed on Wednesday.
"The SCO is a regional international organization in adherence to the principles of being non-aligned, non-confrontational and not targeted at any third party," said Wang Ning, chief director of the drill and deputy chief of the PLA general staff. Full story