Friday, December 12, 2008

China, Russia to Hold War Games

The location not announced?

China and Russia will hold an anti-terrorism military exercise next year, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie announced the plan after meeting Wednesday with Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who was on his first visit to China, Xinhua reported. The timing and location of the drill was not announced.

It will be the third military exercise involving the countries after drills in 2005 and 2007. They took part in exercises in August last year in the central Urals region of Chelyabinsk that also involved Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

The countries belong to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security group set up by China and Russia in 2001 to counter U.S. influence in energy-rich central Asia.

Serdyukov said cooperation within the organization's framework helped build mutual trust in the military field, while Liang proposed the two nations keep their high-level exchanges and strengthen personnel training, Xinhua said.

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  1. MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti) - NATO fighters have trailed two Russian strategic bombers on a patrol mission over the North Sea, a Russian Air Force spokesman said on Friday.

    Col. Vladimir Drik said two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers, on a 13-hour mission Thursday night, were closely followed by Norwegian F-16 and British Tornado fighters.

    The shadowing of Russian warplanes by NATO fighters has been common practice since Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August.

    Russia has stressed that regular patrol missions by its strategic bombers pose no threat to other countries, and it always gives notice of upcoming patrols.

    The Air Force has said the main purpose of these missions is to hone the pilots' long-range flying skills and practice aerial refueling.


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