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Chinese servicemen arrive for Russian-Chinese antiterrorist exercises

July 29, 2013, 8:56 UTC+3
Chinese servicemen jointly with officers of the Central Military District staff will estimate the readiness of the field camp at Chebarkul firing range and the Shagol airbase
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Photo provided by Central Military Command Press Service

Photo provided by Central Military Command Press Service

YEKATERINBURG, July 29 (Itar-Tass) - An operational group of People’s Liberation Army of China, which will take part in the ‘Peace Mission-2013’ command staff exercise, has arrived in Chelyabinsk Region on Monday, according to Central Military District press service.

 “Chinese servicemen jointly with officers of the Central Military District staff will estimate the readiness of the field camp at Chebarkul firing range and the Shagol airbase,” the press service reported.

 “The operational force of the People’s Liberation Army of China will inspect the stations of temporary deployment of the participants in military exercises, as well as places of parking military hardware, including aviation. The main group of Chinese servicemen will arrive to the South Urals on August 1-2,” Commander of the second Air Force Command and the Air Defense Troops Lieutenant-General Viktor Sevostyanov said.

 “Our main goal at this military exercise is anti-terrorism struggle. Similar military exercises are held since 2005, but for the first time the troops of the Shenyang Military District of the People’s Liberation Army of China and the Russian Central Military District are interacting in the war games. Over 1,500 servicemen from both countries are involved in this large-scale event. Along with a powerful land force, helicopters of the army aviation and bombers will be involved,” deputy chief of the staff of the Shenyang Military District Major General Zhang Yan said.

The military exercises will end on August 15.

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