Xu Qiliang (L 2nd, Front), deputy chief of general staff of the
PLA, arrives at the venue of military exercises in Kulyab, Tajikistan, Sept. 22.
Chinese and Tajik troops launched joint exercises in Kulyab Friday to improve
coordination in fighting against possible terrorist attacks.
KULYAB, Tajikistan, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Tajik and Chinese militaries
launched joint exercises here on Friday to improve coordination in countering
possible terrorist attacks.
More than 300 Tajik troops from the artillery, infantry and airborne
divisions, as well as a reinforced company of more than 150 Chinese troops,
practiced a coordinated response to possible terrorist attacks during the drills
code-named "Coordination 2006."
The mountain warfare exercises were held under a memorandum signed by the
Tajik and Chinese defense ministers in Beijing in April, to enhance the two
sides' mutual trust and cooperative ties as well as to maintain regional
security and stability.
Before inaugurating the exercises, Tajik Defense Minister Sherali
Khairullaev met with Xu Qiliang, deputy chief of General Staff of the People's
Liberation Army of China.
They agreed to further boost their cooperation within the framework of the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to enhance the two militaries' ability
to fight the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism.
The SCO, established in 1996, groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.