China and Central Asia Strengthen Security Cooperation

China is strengthening cooperation with Central Asian countries in areas of security. One of the leading elements of such partnership is conducting joint training.

The Chinese Police and the National Guard of Kyrgyzstan are conducting joint anti-terrorism training based on the agreements reached by leaders of the two countries.

The training is designed to strengthen security cooperation, increase the combat effectiveness of the armed forces as well as strengthen the interstate relations between the countries.

“We want to work with our Kyrgyz counterparts on counterterrorism to improve the skills of anti-terrorism training and operational command,” said Senior Staff of People’s Armed Police Force of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, He Lifeng.

China also conducts military trainings with Tajikistan in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region.

One company of China’s People’s Liberation Army and a battalion of mobile troops of Tajik Ministry of Defense are involved in the joint training, which involves a total of 1,200 troops of which 580 are from China.

The countries’ military units focus on developing skills in fire training as well as joint anti-terrorism, intelligence and search and rescue operations.