China’s lunar probe successfully launched; The PLA and the US military are likely to hold talks; The PLA Navy and the Australian Navy conduct joint exercise; The Chinese and the Thai Special Forces to conduct joint drill;
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  • The control center at the Xichang satellite launch site in southwest China’s Sichuan Province announced on Friday that China’s lunar probe Chang’e-2 was successfully launched.1 Qian Lihua, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office with the China’s National Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that the Chinese and US militaries would conduct dialogue and exchange in the future. He said that the talk would include an annual meeting on maritime military safety and consultations on defense. However, he did not specify the time. Lihua made these remarks during talks with Michael Schiffer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia.2

    Reports noted that the “Luoyang” guided-missile frigate and the No. 725 towing ship of the North China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the visiting “Warramunga” frigate of the Australian Navy conducted a joint military exercise in the Yellow Sea on September 23. The exercise mainly covered subjects like formation communication, joint maritime search and rescue, formation movement and artillery fire against sea targets.3 However, China’s Defence Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday that the Chinese and the Thai Special Forces would hold a joint anti-terrorism training from October 6 to 20, 2010. It said that the drill, code-named “Strike-2010”, would take place in Guilin of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.4

    In another development, China has tested its long-distance air attack capabilities in recently concluded SCO drill in Kazakhstan.5 Chinese troops tested their mobility and transportation capabilities too in this exercise.6 Meanwhile, the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai organized the 5th China-Germany Seminar on Military Medical Science on September 27. The seminar was jointly sponsored by the health departments of the Chinese and German militaries. The seminar, in which more than 100 delegates from Chinese and German military medical services participated, focused on the reform of medical service training and medical support for diversified military actions.7

    Reports noted that the well-known law experts and scholars of China have recently demanded that military law be made an independent branch of China’s legal system. They were participating in a Seminar on “Military Law and Socialist Law System with Chinese Characteristics”, held at the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Central Military Commission (CMC) on September 25.8 The reports from this seminar suggested that in the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a unified and tiered military legislation system had been established within the framework of China’s legislation system, making significant contributions to the building of the socialist law system with Chinese characteristics.9

    Recently, Peacekeeping Center of the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations (UN) jointly organized a training course for the peacekeeping action senior commanders. The 19 middle and high ranking military officers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attended the training course. This is the first UN peacekeeping action senior commanders training program that China has ever organized.10

    In other developments, in a bid to throw its transparent image, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) facilitated the visit of 22 correspondents from 18 overseas Chinese-language broadcasting institutions and international organizations to an armored division under the Beijing Military Area Command (MAC) of the PLA on September 26.11