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China, Russia start joint military exercises
2005/08/18

Chiefs of the general staff of the Chinese and Russian armed forces jointly announced the official commencement of the first Chinese-Russian joint military exercise, code-named "Peace Mission 2005", in Russia's Vladivostok at 11:00 a.m. local time (8:00 a.m. Beijing time) Thursday.

Tu-160 long-distance bomb carrier

Chiefs of the general staff of the Chinese and Russian armed forces jointly announced the official commencement of the first Chinese-Russian joint military exercise, code-named "Peace Mission 2005", in Russia's Vladivostok at 11:00 a.m. local time (8:00 a.m. Beijing time) Thursday.

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   VLADIVOSTOK, Aug. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese and Russian troops started a cynosural 8-day military exercise in Russia's coastal city Vladivostok on Thursday, marking the first-ever war game between the two countries.

    After conducting a brief high-level strategic consultations for the exercise, Liang Guanglie, chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and his Russian counterpart Yury Baluyevsky jointly announced the official commencement of the military exercises at around 11:00 a.m. local time (8:00 a.m. Beijing time) in the base of Russia's Pacific Fleet on Thursday.

Chiefs of the general staff of the Chinese and Russian armed forces jointly announced the official commencement of the first Chinese-Russian joint military exercise, code-named "Peace Mission 2005", in Russia's Vladivostok at 11:00 a.m. local time (8:00 a.m. Beijing time) Thursday.

Gen. Liang Guanglie, the chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, left and Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, the head of the Russian armed forces general staff, salute at a World War II memorial in Vladivostok, Russia, Aug. 18. 2005. (Photo: AP)

    The exercise, code-named "Peace Mission 2005," is scheduled to involve nearly 10,000 troops from the two armies, navies, air forces as well as airborne units, marine corps and logistic units, according to an earlier announcement made by the Chinese Ministry of Defense.

    Four hours after the commencement, the first phase of the military maneuvers officially started with staff officers carrying out strategic consultations and battle planning at the order of the chiefs of the general staff of the two armed forces.

    While attending a press conference later in the morning, Liang denied the military exercise aims at any third party, concerns the interests of any third country or will pose threat to any country.

    The participating troops will focus on the m