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Russian Army Chief Arrives in China Ahead of Joint War Games

MosNews | March 17 2005

Russia’s army chief Yury Baluyevsky has arrived in China for a four-day visit, Chinese state media report, as plans are laid for the first joint military exercises between the two countries.

The chief of general staff was expected to hold talks with state and military leaders, including his counterpart Liang Guanglie, during his stay in Beijing, the Xinhua news agency said, citing Chinese Defence Ministry sources.

The visit, Baluyevsky’s first trip abroad since he took up the post last July, will also take him to Sanya, a seaside resort in southern Hainan province where China has a military base, AFX reported.

His trip is aimed at bringing the neighbors closer militarily and to boost cooperation between them, Xinhua said.

The two sides are due to hold their first-ever joint military exercise in August or September this year in what officials said would help them better coordinate the fight against terrorism.

The exercises, which will be held on Chinese territory, will be large scale and include the army, navy, air force units and submarines.

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