Two joint military exercises for the Russian and Chinese army to be held this summer 0207132
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|Tuesday, July 2, 2013 01:00 PM|
|Two joint military exercises for the Russian and Chinese army to be held this summer.|
Russia and China have set dates for joint military exercises to be held this summer, the chief of China’s General Staff said Monday, July 1, 2013. The Naval Interaction 2013 will be held in the Sea of Japan July 5-12, while the other, code named Peace Mission 2013, will take place in Russia's Urals region July 27 to Aug. 15, RIA Novosti reported.
Chinese amphibious tanks and marines storm a beachhead in an amphibious assault drill during the third phase of the Sino-Russian "Peace Mission 2005" joint military exercise, held in China's Shandong Peninsula.
Rather than being aimed at any third party, these drills are designed to strengthen ties in joint military training and improve coordination between the two countries’ armed forces, China’s General Staff chief added.
The two countries first held Peace Mission joint exercises in 2005.
In late May, a spokesman for Russia’s Central Military District told RIA Novosti that Peace Mission 2013 would involve 600 personnel from each country.
On Monday, the two military officials also discussed bilateral collaboration and reaffirmed their course toward strategic partnership. Colonel General Fang said the two sides have agreed to deepen their collaboration and take bilateral military ties “to a new level.”
Russia and China have held several joint military exercises since 2005 under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Founded in 2001, the SCO comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It aims to consolidate efforts to counter terrorism and radicalization among member countries, and to coordinate work in other areas such as politics and trade.
Moscow and Beijing have recently vowed to strengthen military cooperation to ensure an adequate and prompt response to common threats.