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China begins military drill with Pakistan

(China Daily)

08:38, November 15, 2011

BEIJING - China kicked off a two-week joint anti-terrorism drill on Monday with its western neighbor Pakistan near Islamabad.

The exercise, dubbed "Friendship 2011", is the fourth of its kind between the two countries. A total of 260 soldiers, special forces and army aviation helicopters from the Chinese side, as well as 230 of their Pakistani counterparts, are participating in the drill, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The two countries held their first joint anti-terrorism exercise in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in 2004. The second was carried out in Pakistan's Abbottabad in 2006, and the third took place in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region last year.

The latest drill is aimed at "enhancing the two armies' joint capability in responding to unconventional security threats", the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement, echoing its earlier remark that the drill is "not targeted at any third nation".

The drill will end on Nov 27, it said in a statement.

China and India, meanwhile, are planning to hold a joint military exercise in 2012 during the next round of annual defense consultative talks to be held in mid-December, a top Indian army official was quoted as saying by New Delhi-based IANS News Agency on Sunday.

The world's two most populous and largest developing countries have so far held two bilateral military exercises, the first in Kunming, China, in 2007, and the second in Karnataka, India, the following year.

Pan Zheng, a researcher at the National Defense University, said the Sino-Indian drill has been put on hold as New Delhi thinks it has little to gain from the exercises. "It instead turned to countries such as the US, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines," Pan said.

"There is no reason for India to react to the exercise with any out-of-the-ordinary emotions ... China holds regular drills with both India and Pakistan," he said.

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zhongyin at 2011-11-16121.249.29.*
If china have right to do army drills with pakistans which is just 3km far from Indian border and china saying that its their right to do drill with pakistan then I think India do have same rights to take parts in joint drills with Japan, Philliphines and Vietnaam..China shoudl not have any problem. There shd not be two different rules for same thing..if china can do such near India and with India"s enemy then India will aslo do the same drills with the countries china thinks enemy.

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