A Shanghai Cooperation Agreement antiterrorism exercise in Kazakhstan in 2003 (ITAR-TASS)
August 21, 2006 -- China today said it would conduct a joint antiterrorism exercise with neighboring Kazakhstan.
The exercise is scheduled from August 24 to August 26.
A statement released by the Public Security Ministry says the drill -- codenamed Tianshan-1 (2006) -- will be held in Kazakhstan's Almaty region and near the western Chinese city of Yining (Gulja), in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
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Soldiers conducting the first-ever SCO joint antiterrorism exercises, held in Kazakhstan in August 2003 (TASS)
NATO'S EVIL TWIN? At an August 3 briefing at RFE/RL's Washington,D.C., office, Central Asia experts Richard Weitz and Daniel Kimmage discussed the emergence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a multilateral body that comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In addition, Iran, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Afghanistan have observer status in the organization.