China, Pakistan to hold joint anti-terror drill

18:57, July 02, 2010      

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A contingent of the Pakistani Army's special forces has arrived in Qingtongxia in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

They'll take part in a seven-day joint anti-terrorism drill, which coincides with the visit of their country's President. Asif Ali Zardari will arrive in China next Tuesday.

The military drill called Youyi, or Friendship 2010, is the third of its kind for China and Pakistan.

Each side has sent a special unit of more than 100 members.

A Pakistani military statement says the purpose of the week-long exercise is to practice counter-terrorism mechanisms drills in mountains and develop inter-personal rapport between the two sides.

A highlight will be the participation of the Chinese air force.

The Chinese director of the drill, Li Fuhua, says the two sides can learn from each other.

Li Fuhua, director of Friendship-2010 Joint Drill,said, "The Pakistani army has been always on the frontline, and they've gained extraordinary experiences. Meanwhile, we can show our information system, which is built for special investigation."

China and Pakistan held their first joint anti-terrorism exercise in Xinjiang in 2004. The second was in 2006 in northern Pakistan's Abbottabad.



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