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PLA and Indonesia Joint Anti-Terrorist Drill

According to Xinhua, on June 6, 2011, in Bandung, Indonesia, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) joined Indonesia’s National Armed Forces (TNI) to conduct a joint special forces drill “Sharp Blade 2011.” The event, the first one in history between the PLA and TNI, is expected to “further consolidate the friendship between the PLA and TNI, improve bilateral mutual understanding and trust, promote pragmatic exchanges and cooperation between the two armies, and enhance the capacity for anti-terrorism.” Sixty-nine commanders and soldiers from the PLA will join all three phases of the training: exchange and exhibition, the composite formation training, and the comprehensive exercise. They will join their counterpart in TNI in an exercise where the background is an assumption that a terrorist organization causes panic by seizing hostages. Zhao Zongqi, Chief of staff of the Jinan Military Region, and Lodewijk F. Paulus, Indonesian TNI special force commander, attended the opening ceremony.

Source: Xinhua, June 6, 2011