Defense Ministry: China, Russia kick off anti-ballistic missile drill as scheduled

China Military Online
Huang Panyue

BEIJING, Dec. 12 (ChinaMil) -- In accordance with Chinese and Russian militaries' decision, the second "Aerospace Security 2017" Chinese-Russian Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) defense computer command post exercise (CPX) kicked off in Beijing on December 11 as planned, said the information bureau of China's Ministry of National Defense in a written statement on Monday.

The exercise is a concrete step to implement the important consensus reached by the heads of state of the two countries on deepening China-Russia anti-ballistic missile cooperation, and is of great importance for enhancing strategic mutual trust between the two countries, strengthening the anti-ballistic missile cooperation between the two militaries, and jointly dealing with the regional ballistic and cruise missile threats. The exercise doesn't target any third party, said the statement.

It must be emphasized that China and Russia are both against developing global anti-ballistic missile systems, said the statement, adding that the Chinese and Russian militaries will intensify pragmatic anti-ballistic missile cooperation and jointly safeguard the two countries' security interests and regional strategic balance.

The CPX will last till December 16, according to the statement.

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