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Peace Mission-2010 to focus on exercises combating “Eastern Turkestan” forces

Posted by Info on 31/07/2009

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) “Peace Mission-2010” military drill will be held in Kazakhstan next year, according to reports.

In response, Russian military commentator Vladimir Muhin pointed out that the separatism issue that emerged in Xinjiang also exists in Kazakhstan to some extent. The Kazakh government has cracked down on several separatist organizations set up by “Eastern Turkestan” activists. Some “Eastern Turkestan” armed terrorists have also appeared in Chechnya, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations.

Therefore, it is not hard to understand why the “Peace Mission-2010” military drill, in which all SCO members will participate, is to be held in the Otar range near the border of China and Kazakhstan, reported Xinhua.

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China, Russia Holding Joint Antiterrorism Exercise

Posted by Info on 22/07/2009

Russia and China are core members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which some experts say is an attempt to form an alternative military bloc to NATO to counter the rising threats of separatism and extremism in Central Asia.

China and Russia are holding a joint military exercise, with the drill seen as a chance to beef up antiterrorism cooperation after the recent flare-up of violence in China’s Xinjiang region.

The “Peace Mission 2009” five-day exercise in northeast China comes weeks after China’s worst ethnic unrest in decades between Muslim Uyighurs and Han Chinese in the far-western region of Xinjiang that killed at least 197 people.

“To some extent, the July 5 Xinjiang riot pushed forward antiterrorism cooperation between China and Russia,” the “China Daily” newspaper quoted Major Wang Haiyun, a former Chinese military attache to Russia, as saying.

“The situation in Central Asia itself, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, is not so good, so that’s the most likely area of practical cooperation. And in fact they’re learning new ways to fight against Islamic insurgents and Uyghurs,” said Vassily Kashin, a Chinese military expert at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Moscow.

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Some 3,000 troops deployed for Russian-Chinese anti-terror drills

Posted by Info on 16/07/2009

About 3,000 troops, 300 armored vehicles and over 40 aircraft and helicopters have arrived for joint Russian-Chinese antiterrorism exercises. The Peace Mission 2009 antiterrorism drills will take place in Russia and China on July 22-26.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization leaders conclude annual summit, sign Joint communique (Yekaterinburg – June 16, 2009)

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

June 16. Kazakhstan Today – The session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is taking place in expanded structure in Yekaterinburg, the agency reports citing television channel Vesti.

“The Presidents of six states will sign SCO Convention Against Terrorism – the document forming the normative-legal base of the organization, taking into account the requirements of the present time and changing specific character of the new challenges and threats,” he informed.

Upon completion of the summit in Ekaterinburg, SCO presidency will be exercised by Uzbekistan.

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Shanghai convention on cooperation and prevention of terrorism, separatism and extremism in 2010-2012

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

the Council of the SCO regional anti-terrorist agency has approved a program of cooperation to counter terrorism in 2010-2012 and a draft convention on the fight against terrorism.

“During the session, we approved a program of cooperation between the SCO’s member-countries to combat terrorism, extremism and separatism for 2010-2012. We also debated and approved a draft convention on the fight against terrorism,” Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) First Deputy Director Sergei Smirnov told journalists in Tashkent on Friday.Smirnov said that once domestic procedures are completed the draft convention on combating terrorism will be sent to heads of the SCO member countries to be considered at their regular meeting.

The 14th session of the SCO regional anti-terrorist agency involved representatives of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The SCO regional anti-terrorist agency has compiled a list of more than 900 persons wanted by the authorities for terrorist and extremist crimes, Gulyamov said.

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