China and Kazakhstan completed a joint anti-terror military drill over the
weekend, which officials say will help fight terrorists under the framework of
the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO).
The joint forces searche for
terrorists during the second phase of a three-day joint
anti-terrorism drill code-named "Tianshan-I(2006)" between China and
Kazakhstan on Saturday in Yining, western China's Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region, August 26, 2006. The drill, aimed at enhancing the
anti-terrorism capabilities between the two Asian countries, is held in
Kazakhstan's Almaty region and Yining, west China's Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region. [Xinhua]
of the three-day drill was held in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous
Region on Saturday. The first phase was held in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan
The joint drill involved armed helicopters, anti-riot vehicles and police and
special forces troops from both countries. Around 700 police simulated a battle
in which the enemy was forced into a narrow valley.
The exercise was the first of its kind undertaken by the two countries under
the auspices of the SCO, which groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Around 100 observers from the other SCO states were invited to evaluate the
China shares a 1,700-kilometre border with Kazakhstan, its second longest
after the border with Russia.
And the region has been threatened by international terrorism and criminal
In December 2003, China identified four "East Turkistan" groups as terrorist
The "three evil forces" terrorism, separatism and extremism are still active
in the region, while crimes such as cross-border drug trafficking are on the
rise, Meng Hongwei, China's vice-minister of public security and also commander
of the Chinese troops for the drill, was quoted by the Xinhua News Agency as
"The exercise will help establish the SCO's active role in maintaining
regional security and stability," said Meng.
SCO member states plan to stage another round of anti-terrorism military
exercises in Russia next year.
Vladimir Boshko, first vice-chairman of the Committee of the National
Security of Kazakhstan, said the drill will enhance co-ordination in anti-terror
activities between SCO countries.
Zhao Yongchen, deputy director of the Anti-terror Bureau of the Ministry of
Public Security, said China opposes any form of terrorism.
China's top legislature ratified The Sino-Pakistan Co-operative Agreement on
Combating the "Three Evil Forces"yesterday.
It was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
on August 22.
(China Daily 08/28/2006 page1)