August 28, 2006 -- China and Kazakhstan have concluded a joint antiterrorism exercise.
Chinese media say the three-day drill, which involved hundreds of police and special-forces troops, ended on August 27.
Armed helicopters and riot vehicles were also deployed in the exercise along the countries' common border.
It was carried out within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security and economic organization.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Soldiers conducting the first-ever SCO joint antiterrorism exercises, held in Kazakhstan in August 2003 (TASS)
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