Chinese troops to participate in a SCO-organized drill in Kazakhstan; China welcomes upcoming defence ministerial meeting with ASEAN; China sends special representative to South Korea; PLA holds a seminar on military training
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  • Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng announced on Thursday that about 1,000 personnel from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) would take part in a multi-national anti-terror exercise under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to be held in Kazakhstan from September 9 to 25, 2010. In fact, more than 5,000 troops from Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan will participate in the drill which is seventh of its kind. The drill has been code-named as “Peace Mission 2010”.1

    On the other hand, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie has welcomed the upcoming defense ministerial meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its dialogue partners. In a meeting with visiting Vice Defense Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Chi Vinh, Guanglie noted that he was hopeful that the meeting would become a new platform for ASEAN and other countries in the region to collectively deal with non-traditional security challenges and strengthen mutual trust and cooperation.2

    Meanwhile, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs Wu Dawei arrived in Seoul on August 26, 2010. Upon this arrival, Dawei met with South Korea’s top nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac on Thursday for resumption of the long-stalled six-party discussions on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.3

    In other developments, reports noted that a seminar and exhibition code named as “Sharpen Sword 2010” was inaugurated in Beijing on August 23, 2010. This event focused on military training under information-based conditions. The five-day-long seminar and exhibition highlighted the knowledge gained from theoretical research on military training and the experiences accumulated through practice. This event also showcased the latest developments in military training methods under the information-based conditions.4