China-Russia joint anti-terrorism drill kicks off in Moscow

Source
China Military Online
Editor
Yao Jianing
Time
2016-07-04
 

Major General Qin Tian (right, front), chief of general staff of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force, and Sergey Chenchik (left, front), chief of general staff of the Russian National Guard, attend the launching ceremony of the "Cooperation -2016" China-Russia joint anti-terrorism drill on July 3, 2016. (Xinhua/Evgeny Sinitsyn)

MOSCOW, July 4 (ChinaMil) -- Qin Tian, chief of general staff of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (APF), and Sergey Chenchik, chief of general staff of the Russian National Guard (RNG), presented the drill flags to commanding officers of the two sides at the auditorium of the Independent Division of RNG in Moscow on the morning of July 3, thus kicking off the "Cooperation -2016" China-Russia joint anti-terrorism drill.

The training focuses on specific technical and tactical issues in anti-terrorist actions, according to Liu Zhijun, leader of the Chinese participating troops and deputy chief of APF’s Training Department.

The drill aims to consolidate and develop the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between the two countries, and strengthen friendly and pragmatic cooperation between the two armed forces.

It also designated to explore methods and measures in joint anti-terror operations and training, and improve the training and fighting capacity to counter terrorism. This is the third cross-border cooperation between China and Russia following the "Cooperation -2007" and "Cooperation -2013" joint drills.

The participating troops of the two sides will have in-depth exchange, learning and training on multiple levels and multiple courses. Troops from the two sides will team up for joint training.

Colonel Medvedev, deputy commanding officer of the joint training, attended two previous joint training and has met many old friends this time. He said, "The Chinese APF is the first-class in terms of tactics, technology, style and discipline. I believe that through the joint training, both sides can improve greatly."

The two-week joint anti-terror training will be held in Smolensk Oblast and Moscow Oblast. China sent APF’s Falcon Commando Unit and the Snow Leopard Commando Unit to the joint anti-terror drill, while the Russian side sent Vityaz special force unit.

Xu Bo, deputy head of the Snow Leopard Commando Unit, said, "We will exchange and cooperate more with Russia, and constantly enhance the ability to combat terrorism."

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