The China-Tajikistan joint anti-terrorism military exercise coded
"Coordination-2006" kicked off on Sept. 22. Qian Lihua, deputy director general
of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, was
interviewed by the reporter from the PLA Daily at the exercise site.
Qian revealed that the exercise was laden with focuses of attention: the
aviation troops of the PLA Air Force successfully delivered organic unit of
troops beyond China's border for the first time, a reinforced special operation
company of 150 servicemen from a special operation group of the Xinjiang
Military Area Command was dispatched to Tajikistan as an organic unit with all
kinds of necessary equipment for counter-terrorism, the PLA helicopter unit did
the first ferrying flight abroad and would practice subjects such as airborne
landing in unfamiliar air space and areas under complicated and
close-to-real-operation conditions, and the Chinese and Tajikistan armed forces
realized, for the first time, coordination and joint operation from the
commanding posts to the participating troops.
Qian also noted that this exercise abroad would test our troops'
capabilities of long-range projection and quick response in organic unit, and
the capabilities of commanding coordination and joint support with foreign
troops for the sake of raising our troops' capability to hold military trainings
in difference terrains under various weather conditions abroad, so as to probe
into ways and accumulate experience for holding larger scale joint exercises
overseas with foreign troops in the future.
By Tan Jie
(Sep 26, PLA Daily)