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YEKATERINBURG, August 3 (Itar-Tass) - The high level of trust between Russia and China was proper to the Peace Mission 2013 anti-terrorist exercises, said Shi Xiangyuan, deputy chief of staff of the Shenyang Military Region of the People’s Liberation Army.
In an interview with Itar-Tass on Saturday, Shi Xiangyang said: “This year the Russian and Chinese presidents have taken the decision to hold the Peace Mission 2013 exercises. We’re glad that both countries have the high level of trust to each other. We’re not competitors, but we’re partners. Trust between the two countries became the unique particularity of the Peace Mission.”
He noted that strategic cooperation between the Russian and Chinese armies had reached the high level in the recent years.
“We’re pleased that we conducted the exercises in the military district where 40 percent of the Russian Armed Forces stay. I’m sure that the Peace Mission 2013 will yield results. This is the new stage of military cooperation between the Chinese and Russian armies,” the Chinese military said.
Shi stressed that the People’s Liberation Army carried out serious reforms. “Our proverb said: ‘We don’t seek to be the first, but we seek imperfection.’ That is why we want to improve our chances through the Peace Mission and strengthen our cooperation,” he said.
Russian and Chinese servicemen have officially opened the Peace Mission 2013 anti-terrorism exercise.
Working groups of the United Strategic Command of the Russian Central Military District and the Shenyang Military Region of the People’s Liberation Army of China have completed preparations for the Peace Mission 2013 anti-terrorism exercise, the press service reported.
“The key goal of the upcoming manoeuvres is to organize the joint work by control authority and troops to prepare and conduct military actions during the anti-terrorist operation. The manoeuvres will take place in three stages, which include the re-deployment of troops, the planning of the operation and joint military actions,” the press service said.
The joint command involves 60 officers of the United Strategic Command of the Russian Central Military District and the Shenyang Military Region of the People’s Liberation Army of China. Russia also involves a battalion task group and China will use its tactical units. An air group, including bombers and helicopters, will maintain support for the ground operation. The active phase of the exercise is scheduled for August 15. It will include over 1,500 Russian and Chinese servicemen.
Three conferences and reconnaissance operations were held in Russia and China as part of preparations for the exercise. Russia’s delegation was led by deputy chief of staff of the Central Military District Major-General Sergei Chuvakin and China’s by deputy chief of staff of the Shenyang Military Region Zhang Yan.
The exercise takes place at the Chebarkul firing range near Chelyabinsk.