Beijing: China and Pakistan will hold a month-long joint military exercise to boost cooperation between the two militaries and capability to jointly deal with terrorist threats including those targeting joint projects with China.
A Chinese unit from a special forces brigade of the People’s Liberation Army Xinjiang Military Region has departed from their base camp and began mobilizing in Pakistan for the “Warrior VII” joint exercise, using vehicles and aerial transportation, according to a statement released by China’s Ministry of National Defense.
This is the seventh “Warrior” series exercise between the two countries’ special forces, the ministry said, noting that the drills will focus on deepening cooperation and communication, learning from each other’s combat experience and boosting the ability to deal with security threats and launch diversified missions.
The exercises will be added to a new exercise subject, joint protection of key installations, as troops will engage in counter-terrorism in mountainous areas, the statement said.
The exercises will feature live ammunition that will test the skills of both commanders and soldiers, said Yang Lei, commander of the Chinese group, in the statement from the defense ministry, adding that the activity would enrich cooperation in military training and deepen the traditional friendship between the Chinese and Pakistani armies.
Chinese and Pakistani air forces wrapped up the half-month-long Shaheen VIII joint exercises in north-western China in August, featuring some of the top aircraft in the two countries. A joint naval drill will also be conducted in Pakistani waters by the two countries in January.