Home>News Center>China

Rumsfeld: China-Russia drill no threat
Updated: 2005-08-25 09:29

The US military is observing the first big war games between China and Russia but does not regard them as a threat to Taiwan, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, AFP reported.

Some 10,000 Russian and Chinese troops are taking part in the weeklong air, land and sea exercise, which includes a simulated naval blockade and amphibious landing.

Rumsfeld: China-Russia drill no threat
An amphibious landing operation in the waters off East China's Shandong Peninsula during the third stage of the Sino-Russian joint military exercise on August 23, 2005. [newsphoto]  

Rumsfeld said countries conduct joint military exercises together all the time, adding, "And so I guess I don't find it notable."

"I mean, countries do that," he said. "We are obviously observing what takes place, but I didn't see anything in it that was threatening to Taiwan or anyone else."

Russia and China did not invite the United States to attend as an observer.

But Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, the new vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: "We watch them. We watch all these exercises."

Chinese destroyers, submarines and fighter aircraft coordinated their movements in the Yellow Sea Tuesday with a Russian missile destroyer and anti-submarine vessels while a Russian surveillance plane circled overhead.

The exercise is called "Peace Mission 2005."

Fire kills 5 in Northeast China
Aerobatics show in Hunan
Final rehearsal
  Today's Top News     Top China News

Australia, US, Japan praise China for Asia engagement



Banker: China doing its best on flexible yuan



Hopes high for oil pipeline deal



Possibilities of bird flu outbreaks reduced



Milosevic buried after emotional farewell



China considers trade contracts in India


  EU likely to impose tax on imports of Chinese shoes
  Bankers confident about future growth
  Curtain to be raised on Year of Russia
  Coal output set to reach record high of 2.5b tons
  WTO: China should reconsider currency plan
  China: Military buildup 'transparent'
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.