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Russia, China to hold joint anti-terror drills
May 28, 2013, 5:56 pm


Russia and China have been exercising joint military drills since 2005 [Xinhua]

Moscow and Beijing have agreed to hold joint anti-terrorism drills in Russia’s Urals in early August.

“An international anti-terrorism exercise with the units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the Chebarkul military training area in the Chelyabinsk region is scheduled for August 1-15,” Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin was quoted by RIA Novosti.

The exercise will involve 600 personnel from each country.

Meanwhile Chinese paratroopers are visiting Russia to get acquainted with parachute systems and weaponry used by Russian Airborne Troops.

The delegation of 10 paratroopers will be in Moscow between May 28-31 and will share combat training experience with their Russian counterparts.

Russia and China have been exercising joint military drills since 2005 as the two countries are members of BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

The SCO seeks to counter terrorism and radicalisation among member countries, and coordinates work in other areas such as politics and trade.

Besides Russia and China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Moscow and Beijing have recently vowed to strengthen military cooperation to ensure an adequate and prompt response to common threats.

Daria Chernyshova