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‘Peace Mission’ exercises have profound significance

(Source: China Military Online)   2014-09-05

  BEIJING, September 5 (ChinaMil) -- All foreign troops participating in the "Peace Mission-2014" joint anti-terrorism exercise safely left China on September 4, 2014.

  The exercise, during which the chief director was from the Chinese side, has set many records in the joint military exercises of the armed forces of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, not only achieving cooperative military training, but also possessing valuable potential influence and profound significance beyond the exercise field.

  It is the right time to hold the exercise for deterring terrorist forces.

  Affected by the general situation of the global terrorism, the regional terrorist activities have been increasing since 2013, as evidenced by the multiple suicide bomb attacks in Russia before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a terrorist organization, has listed China and Russia as its key attacking targets, posing huge threat to the Central Asian countries, and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a terrorist force in China, has established a closer connection with the terrorist organizations outside China and launched several major terrorist attacks in China.

  The success of the “Peace Mission - 2014” joint anti-terrorism exercise has not only suppressed the arrogance of terrorist forces, but also fully demonstrated the firm determination of relevant countries in jointly combating the terrorist forces and safeguarding regional security and stability.

  It is necessary to make advance preparations for the regional situation stabilization.

  The “Peace Mission - 2014” joint anti-terrorism exercise not only has huge deterrent effects on terrorist forces, but also very practical in safeguarding the security and stability in the Central Asian region.

  The complete withdrawal of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan at the end of 2014 will leave a huge security vacuum in the region. At the same time, the regional terrorist forces are rapidly coming back, as evidenced by the facts that the Taliban still has its power in Afghanistan, the core Al Qaeda members hiding in the mountainous areas along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan also seek chances to launch new terrorist attacks, the terrorist organizations including the IMU and the ETIM are accelerating their collusion, and the Islamic State of Iraq and al Shams (ISIS), a newly emerging terrorist organization, even delimits the vast Central Asian and South Asian areas into its “territories”.

  From this perspective, the “Peace Mission - 2014” joint anti-terrorism exercise, which boasts an unprecedented actual-combat level, not only upgrades the joint anti-terrorism combat capability of various countries, but also is an important and pragmatic action to prevent the Central Asian region from becoming the second “awful mess” of the war against terrorism after the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

  The exercise has profound significance in demonstrating the Asia-Pacific cooperation.

  The high military mutual trust among the non-allied countries showcased during the “Peace Mission - 2014” joint anti-terrorism exercise has shown to the world a new mode for cooperation.

  In fact, the SCO member states have been making efforts to constantly deepen the cooperation in the fields such as politics, economics and diplomacy for many years.

  Those measures ranging from the signing of the Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism at the early stage of the SCO establishment to the latest “Silk Road Economic Belt” conception are all the embodiment of the SCO cooperative spirits.

  Therefore, the constant deepening of cooperation among various sides in the series of “Peace Mission” exercises is a natural result.

  The SCO with its successful cooperation practice among its member states has proved that under the current international situation, the regional peace, stability and development as well as the in-depth mutual trust among regions and countries should not rely on the trouble-making “offshore balancer”, but sincere and pragmatic cooperation based on equal dialogues, mutual benefits and win-win development.

  By Li Lu and Li Jing, from the Shijiazhuang Army Command College (SACC) under the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

Editor:Zhang Tao
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