The ninth counterterrorism joint military exercise conducted by Shanghai Cooperation Organization members concluded in Khuzhand, Tajikistan, on Thursday.
The exercise, code-named "Peace Mission 2012", involved about 2,000 military personnel from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, and was the first of its kind held in Tajikistan.
Participating troops topped off the drill with a series of military maneuvers, including air and ground strikes, encirclement and suppression as well as pursuit and vertical interception.
The performance was highly appreciated by the SCO observation mission, which included Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Deputy Chief of the General Staff Ma Xiaotian of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and senior defense officials from other participating countries.
The observers said the troops demonstrated superb military and counterterrorism capabilities in the successful drill, which would play a significant role in deterring and crushing the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism.
The exercise, which started on Saturday, will also help deepen defense and security cooperation within the SCO and promote the member countries' ability to jointly confront new threats and challenges, they said.
They also noted that the drill further improved the training and coordination of the armed forces of SCO members, making them better prepared to maintain regional peace and stability.
Armed forces from Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states are holding the "Peace Mission 2012" drill in Tajikistan. Full story
All the Chinese officers and men who will participate in the "Peace Mission 2012" joint anti-terrorism military exercise to be held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) safely arrived at the exercise area of the "Chorukh-Dayron" shooting range in Khujand city of Tajikistan on the afternoon of June 5, 2012. Full story