Kyrgyzstan and China hold joint counter-terrorism exercise

BISHKEK (TCA) — China and Kyrgyzstan on August 6 launched their joint counter-terrorism exercise “Cooperation-2019” at a training base in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region which borders Kyrgyzstan, Xinhua news agency reported.

Some 150 personnel from the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force and the National Guard of Kyrgyzstan will engage in counter-terrorism trainings including joint command, basic technical training, cooperative tactical training and integrated countermeasure training.

The “Cooperation-2019” exercise is the first joint exercise conducted by similar forces of the two countries.

The exercise aims to deepen security cooperation between the two countries and enhance the counter-terrorism capability of their armed forces, and does not target any third party, the state-run Chinese news agency said.

In May 2019, the Uzbek National Guard and the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force conducted a two-week-long joint anti-terror exercise at the Forish field training base in the Jizzakh region in Uzbekistan.

Also, in recent years, China has increased its military presence in Tajikistan’s remote Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in a move to protect its northwestern Xinjiang region from potential spillover of Islamic extremists from Afghanistan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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