BEIJING, November 3 (ChinaMil) – A joint military drill code named "Cooperation - 2014" participated by the ground troops from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) kicked off at a comprehensive training range in China's Anhui province, on the morning of November 2, 2014.
It is the third time for the ground forces of the Chinese PLA and the SAF to hold a joint military drill following the previous two joint drills, namely, the "Cooperation-2009" China-Singapore joint security training and the "Cooperation-2010" China-Singapore joint security training.
Leading officers of the participating troops of both sides said the joint drill is of great significance for the promotion of cooperation and exchange between the two militaries.
A total of 140 soldiers, 70 from the Chinese PLA and 70 from the SAF, participated in the joint training.
The 70 Chinese soldiers are from a mechanized infantry brigade under the PLA Nanjing Military Area Command (MAC), while the Singaporean soldiers are from a well-equipped and well- trained division of the Singapore Army, according to PLA Daily.
It is the first time for the Nanjing MAC to send a company-level combat unit to participate in the joint drill with the foreign military.
The training subject of the "Cooperation - 2014" known as "the infantry companies' joint operation in mountain areas" has expanded for the first time from the military operations other than war to joint training in traditional security field.
The joint training will last eight days. In addition, the military sports games, weaponry demonstrations and other activities are also arranged during the joint training.