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SHENYANG, July 27 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday began to send military personnel and armaments to Russia, where they will join 20-day joint anti-terrorism drills held by both parties.
The transfer of Chinese troops for the exercise will be completed by Aug. 2, according to Zhang Yan, deputy commander of the 646 Chinese military personnel participating in the drill.
The Chinese officers and soldiers will be sent to the drill venue in Russia's Chebarkul training range in seven batches, with four traveling by air and three by train, Zhang said.
With 72 people on board, two Mi-171 military transport helicopters and four Z-9 armed helicopters from the Chinese side took off from an airport in Hailar in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Saturday morning.
They will travel more than 5,000 km and are expected to arrive at the drill venue in five days.
In addition, 119 officers and soldiers set out by train at noon on Saturday from the border city of Manchuri in Inner Mongolia.
According to the schedule, five fighter-bomber JH-7A jets will set out from an airport in Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on July 31 and are expected to arrive in Russia the same day.
The exercises, dubbed "Peace Mission 2013" and scheduled to run from July 27 to Aug. 15, will be carried out in Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural Mountains region.
Peace Mission 2009 -- PLA WeaponsLooking at the weapons list the PLA is bringing to this exercise, I so want to play Steel Panthers III Brigade Command: 1939-1999 again.
Such display of heavy armor seems somewhat out of place in light of China's current security requirement. To the East is the mountainous terrain of Korea, jungles to the South and yet more mountains to the West and there is an island somewhere. The only tank-suitable terrain is Russia. Oh yeah, I got it, they want to invade Russia with help from the Russians!
Type 89 (YW531) (ZSD89) Command APC
Type86B (WZ501) (ZBD86) IFV
Type 99A (WZ123) (ZTZ99) MBT
PTL02 6x6 Wheeled Self-Propelled 100mm Assaulter
Type 89 (PLZ89) ((WZ/WMZ322) 122mm Self-Propelled Howitzer
WZ-9 Attack Helicopter
WZ-9 Light Attack/Scot Helicopter
Mi-171 Transport Helicopter