| GEO World|
| Sino-Russian joint arms exercise concludes|
| Updated at: 0245 PST, Monday, July 27, 2009|
TAONAN TRAINING BASE: The joint arms exercise of Russian and Chinese armies concluded on Sunday, establishing real combat cooperation, Russia's commander of the joint Sino-Russian exercises Peace Mission 2009, Deputy Commander in Chief of the Russian Ground Troops Alexander Studenikin, said.
"We became friends in the course of the joint work, and it is very easy for us to settle all issues. We have established real combat cooperation. We are military professionals and do not notice differences in the languages," Studenikin said after the joint exercise concluded.
He said in Chinese that the exercise was of "very good".
Combat training and cooperation are organised during peace time to be ready to react to attacks.
Expressing his satisfaction on the level of exercise, Studenikin said, "As the head in the exercises on the Russian side, I am pleased with them."
"We wish peace, but not war," Deputy Chief of the General Staff Ma Xiaotian said today.
Cooperation between the two armies is consolidated, and thus, the agreements recently reached by the leaders are carried out, and it consolidates cooperation and partnership between China and Russia, he noted.
Their chiefs have already held twelve round of consultations on important defence and security issues, the Chinese military official said.
The exercises have consolidated relations between Russia and China, he stressed.