Ivanov: Russia, China multiple military exchanges
Updated: 2006-04-27 09:18
Military exchanges have been multiple between Russia and China and will
involve more activities during the Year of Russia in China and the Year of China
in Russia, said Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Ivanov in
Defence Minister Cao Gangchuan (front row, centre), Russian
Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov (front row, left), their counterparts from
the member states of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization and other
officials at a photo session in Beijing yesterday after a Defence
Ministers' Meeting. [China Daily]
Exchanges and visits between the Russian and Chinese militaries have been
soaring in recent years. Russia takes China as a prior partner in the military
field, said Ivanov at a press conference.
The joint military drill held in China last year gave a good chance for
Russian soldiers and officers to conduct exchanges with their Chinese
counterparts, he said.
This year, "Russian Knights" has held a three-day aerobatic show in China as
the prelude of the Year of Russia in China. Sports, singing and dancing programs
have also been held by the military departments of the two countries, he added.
The Year of Russia is being held in China and the Year of China is scheduled
to be held in 2007 in Russia. A large range of activities are arranged to mark
the national years, which involve national exhibition, business summits,
cultural weeks and so on.
Ivanov is here attending a meeting of defense
ministers of the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which was held
The defense ministers of China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
and Kazakhstan gathered in Beijing to discuss regional security issues.
During the meeting Wednesday morning, they reached consensus on further
strengthening defense cooperation and agreed to stage a joint anti-terror
military exercise in Russia in 2007. A joint communique was issued at the end of