China, Thailand kick off "Joint Strike-2019" counter-terrorism exercise

China Military Online
Chen Zhuo
2019-01-07 17:40:13

By Lin Xiuqiang and Chen Chen

SATTAHIP, May 21, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Wang Hai (L, Front), deputy commander of Chinese Navy, and Royal Thai Navy Fleet Commander Naris Prathumsuwan (R, Front) review troops during the opening ceremony for a joint military exercise in Sattahip Naval Base, Chon Buri province, Thailand, on May 21, 2016. Thai and Chinese marine corps held an opening ceremony for a joint military exercise codenamed Blue Strike 2016 here on Saturday. (Xinhua/Li Mangmang)

BANGKOK, Jan. 7 (ChinaMil) -- On the morning of January 3, local time, the opening ceremony of the China-Thailand “Joint Strike-2019” anti-terrorism exercise was held at the International Center for Counterterrorism Action (ICCA) in Bangkok, Thailand. This is the first time that China conducted exercise with Thailand’s ICCA. The Thai army sent 100 counter-terrorism military elites to this 13-day exercise, and the Chinese side dispatched 60 elite service members from a special operations brigade of the Army in the PLA Southern Theater Command.

The joint training exercise consists of two stages: mixed professional training and comprehensive actual-combat exercise. It focuses on the commanding and decision-making exercise for staff officers, anti-terrorism training and comprehensive rescue exercise for special operations forces. The joint exercise involves such subjects as sector searching, breaking into rooms, reconnaissance and alert, close combat, sniping operation, and fast roping. This exercise is aimed to strengthen military exchange between China and Thailand and enhance their counter-terrorism training and capacity.

Guo Yiheng, head of the Chinese delegation and commander of a special operations brigade of the Army in the PLA Southern Theater Command, said that the joint training exercise is a landmark military exchange activity between the two countries and opens a new chapter for the friendship of the two militaries. The commander-in-chief of Thailand’s ICCA noted that Thailand and China share a long and strong friendship, and the jointing training exercise is intended to enable the two militaries to learn combat ideas, strategic thought, and special operations skills from each other, enhance their anti-terrorism capacity, and push their exchange and cooperation to a new level.


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