MINSK, BELARUS, July 20 (ChinaMil) -- The United Shield-2017 joint anti-terrorism drill, which was jointly held for the first time by the Chinese People's Armed Police Force (APF) and the Internal Troops of the Belarusian Internal Ministry, wrapped up at a training center of the Internal Troops of the Belarusian Interior Ministry on July 18, 2017, local time.
General Wang Ning, commander of the Chinese People's Armed Police Force (APF), said that the joint drill is a practical measure of implementing the consensus of establishing China-Belarus comprehensive strategic partnership featuring mutual trust and win-win cooperation reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
The joint drill is also an action to deepen the pragmatic cooperation between the two troops, and an effective measure to combat the terrorist forces and maintain regional security, added Wang.
Gen. Wang said that the Chinese and Belarusian soldiers had close cooperation and effectively improved their actual combat capabilities of responding to threats and combating terrorism. The drill achieved the desired purpose, he added.
Wang also stressed that terrorism is a new threat and a new challenge faced jointly by China, Belarus and international community.
The Chinese Armed Police Force will work together with international counterparts, including the Internal Troops of the Belarusian Interior Ministry, to prevent and combat terrorism and contribute to national security, world peace and stability.
Major General Yuri Karayev, chief of the Internal Troops of the Belarusian Interior Ministry, said that the first joint anti-terrorism drill shows that, with special professionalism, combat troops of the two different countries can overcome language barriers, achieve mutual understanding and work together.
Chinese Ambassador to Belarus Cui Qiming, Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus Igor Anatolievich Shunevich and Minister Vladimir A. Vashchenko of Belarusian Ministry of Emergency Situations, attended the closing ceremony of the joint drill.