Monday, August 28, 2006

[far-east] fear not - it's only the chinese coming

Don't worry - it's only a military exercise, not the real thing.

Yet.

The Chinese authorities explain:

The exercise was aimed at implementing the consensus on enhancing security cooperation and improving coordination between their law enforcement departments and special services.

Not au fait with Chinaspeak? Read on and all is explained.

China wrapped up the second phase of its joint anti-terror drill with Kazakhstan Yining, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Yining game consists of five parts, simulating a battle in which Chinese guards gradually forced the terrorists into a narrow valley and cliff caves.

It lasted two hours and ten minutes, with groups of the mock terrorists being eliminated by the police forces consisting of artillery, police dogs, cavalry, special services and other troops.

Around 100 observers from member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) -- which includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan -- were in Yining to evaluate the drill. They were satisfied and applauded the participating troops, the police said.

China's police authority said the first ever joint anti-terrorism exercise between the two countries' law enforcement bodies and special forces within SCO framework exercise was held to demonstrate SCO's latest progress in combating terrorists in the region, namely the "three evil forces" of terrorists, separatists and extremists.

The police force will also explore new patterns of security cooperation through the exercise, noting that both traditional combating forces like cavalry and the modern ones are participating in the drill.

100 000 000 Chinese cavalry?

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