SCO Chiefs of Staff Meet in Beijing

All five of the chiefs of staff of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states—Russia, China, Kyrgyztsan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, who have troops participating in the Peace Mission 2014 military exercise—met Aug. 28 in Beijing. Fang Fenghui, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Peoples Republic of China, and Sharif Zonda, the first deputy minister of the Tajikistani Defense Ministry and chief of general staff of the Tajikistani armed forces, hosted the meeting as co-chairmen, reports the China Military website. Fang Fenghui said in his speech to the chiefs that the transnational, comprehensive, and linkage characteristics of the current security issues are increasingly prominent. As the SCO regions are facing various types of security threats, there are still arduous tasks to do and long ways to go for the SCO member states to safeguard their security and stability and promote their common development, he said.

Saken Zhasuzakov, the first deputy minister of the Kazakhstani Defense Ministry and chief of general staff of the Kazakhstani armed forces; Alik Mamyrkuyev, chief of general staff of the Kyrgyz armed forces; Valery Gerasimov, the first deputy minister of the Russian Defense Ministry and chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces; and Shavkat Normatov, the first deputy minister of the Uzbekistani Defense Ministry and chief of general staff of the Uzbekistani armed forces, were also in attendence and also addressed the meeting. The representatives from various sides reviewed and summarized recent years’ development history of the SCO member states in defense and security, and expressed their satisfaction with the cooperation results, and their wish to make new efforts for the constant deepening of the SCO defense and security cooperation, China Military reports.

The following day the five chiefs traveled to the Zhurihe training base in Inner Mongolia, in order to observe live fire exercises that were conducted as part of the Peace Mission exercise. They were joined by representatives from SCO observer states Pakistan and Mongolia, and the dialogue partner Sri Lanka, as well as delegations of foreign military attaches from 40 countries, according to Xinhua.

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