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Russia and China begin joint exercises to fight terrorism

A Russian National Guard (Rosgvardiya) delegation arrived in Beijing to sign a protocol on holding joint anti-terror exercises with Chinese police.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Russian National Guard (Rosgvardiya) delegation arrived in Beijing to sign a protocol on holding joint anti-terror exercises with Chinese police in December, Rosgvardiya said Tuesday, adding that this would be the first time its soldiers would participate in these drills.

“Today, the delegation of Rosgvardia led by the First Deputy Director of the Federal Service of the National Guard Troops, Chief Commander of the National Guard Troops, Col. Gen. Sergei Melikov, arrived in the People’s Republic of China. The program of the working visit includes the signing of a protocol on the preparation and conduct of joint anti-terror exercises by the Russian National Guard Troops and the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force,”

Rosgvardiya said in a statement.

According to the statement, the leadership of Rosgvardiya will meet with Chief Commander of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force Col. Gen. Wang Ning and visit the national flag escort unit.

Over a week, the Rosgvardiya delegation will examine the location of the ninth brigade of the division, the training ground and the Chinese police’s river water area protection unit. At the end of the visit, representatives of Rosgvardia and their Chinese counterparts will visit an exhibition of weapons and equipment, as well as inspect the site of the upcoming exercises.

Russian and Chinese law enforcement agencies have established a firm relationship to counter global threats. In August 2007, 79 soldiers of the Snow Leopard Commando Unit of the Chinese People’s Armed Police took part in joint anti-terror exercises of special forces in the Moscow region. In June 2013, anti-terrorist exercises of the Vityaz special forces unit of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Chinese police were held in Beijing.

In the first half of July 2016, a joint training was held in Russia for special purpose units, which had been given the code name “Cooperation-2016.” The exercises were conducted not only to search for and neutralize criminal groups, but also to strengthen friendship and cooperation between military personnel.

The Russian National Guard was established in early April 2016 to fight terrorism and organized crime.

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