SCO drill now established way to build anti-terror capacity

09:45, September 24, 2010      

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The regular Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) military exercise had established itself as an effective anti-terror drill but the group would not develop into a military alliance, a Chinese general said in Kazakhstan Thursday.

"The SCO member states have a good prospect of cooperation in the fields of defense and security, with extensive scale and pragmatic contents," said Major General Ci Guowei, deputy director of the foreign affairs office under the Chinese Defense Ministry.

However, "the SCO is not a military alliance, and its joint anti-terror military drill will not be aimed at or threaten any specific country," he said.

Ci, who is also associate general-director of the Chinese military in "Peace Mission 2010," which is currently underway here, said the joint military drill had made great achievements in four aspects, including extent, area, content and mechanism, since it started in 2002.

"The Peace Mission 2010, the seventh joint drill of its kind, will certainly not be the last one," he said.

According to Ci, SCO members are expected to negotiate on the time and site of the next joint drill, which would be based on the international and regional situation, as well as the common understanding among them.

"The joint military drill under the SCO framework has played an important role in boosting the mutual understanding and friendship of the member states and in promoting regional development and prosperity," Ci said.

He said the joint military drill helped enhance the political mutual trust, further deepen the military cooperation and drive military construction and production.

Ci said China's forces had made notable gains: the strategic scheme capability had been improved, new domains had been explored and new gains had been achieved in the army's management, education, and ideological and political work. Improvement had also been made in weaponry and logistics, and strategic delivery capability had been boosted.

Wu Yansheng, deputy commander of the Chinese military participating in the drill, said participating Chinese troops had made three breakthroughs during "Peace Mission 2010".

First, late-model and advanced main battle equipment were successfully involved on a large scale in the drill.

Second, the advanced performance of fighting techniques of the latest equipment was practically verified.

Third, many technological difficulties had been solved under battle conditions.

In addition, Wu said Chinese troops had also found a lot of merit in their counterparts, including strong national consciousness, high capabilities in using their equipment, attention to data analysis and self-contained training infrastructures like the Matybulak range.

"Peace Mission 2010" involved 5,000 troops from five of the six SCO member states -- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Uzbekistan is not taking part in the drill, which runs between Sept. 9 and 25.

Source: Xinhua


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