BEIJING, Dec. 5 (ChinaMil) – Soldiers participating in the "Cooperation-2017" joint anti-terrorism training between the Chinese People's Armed Police Force (APF) and Russian Federation National Guard started their first day of training on Sunday morning.
The Chinese and Russian participating soldiers first conducted gunnery training exercises with Chinese Type 95 automatic rifles, Type 92 pistols and crossbow respectively at the shooting range.
According to the rules, all participants should use weapons and equipment provided by the Chinese side. So, before the exercises, the Chinese instructors introduced and demonstrated to the Russian participants the methods and procedures of using Chinese weapons and equipment.
In the afternoon, the two countries' soldiers participated in such training subjects as hand grenades, detonation bombs and battlefield first-aids.
During the battlefield first aid training course, the Russian participants also took the initiative to introduce and demonstrate their rescue methods after listening to Chinese instructor's instructions.
During breaks, some Chinese participating soldiers even practiced Russian language with their Russian peers and they took group photos together.
When asked whether there was a language barrier in communication, a Chinese participating soldier replied: "Basic communication is fine because we had Russian language training before and learned some common phrases."
"We have the Russian language manual, which contains the commonly used Russian expressions and training words. We carry this Russian language manual with us and sometimes use simple gestures to help," the Chinese soldier said, adding that the Russian counterparts can also understand some Chinese words.
Kang Jian, leader of the joint training team, said that "although there were differences in weapon performance, shooting and targeting methods, the Russian participants displayed strong adaptability." They grasped the essentials of action in two hours and performed well in the live-fire shooting, he added.
According to some Russian participating soldiers, although it was their third day after arriving in China, they were not affected by the jet lag and unfamiliar tactical environment. Instead, they very much look forward to exchanging and cooperating with their Chinese counterparts in the following stages of the joint training.