VLADIVOSTOK, August 18 (RIA Novosti, Veronika Perminova) - The Chief of the General Staff of China's People's Liberation Army told a news briefing in Vladivostok, Russia's Far East, Thursday that nearly all branches and services of the Russian and Chinese armed forces were participating in the joint military exercises, Peace Mission 2005.
Colonel General Lian Guanglie said the exercises would be conducted in the air, at sea, and on land.
"Our exercises are not posing a threat to any country," Yury Baluyevsky, Russia's Chief of the General Staff, said. "This is indicated in a memorandum, and we are sticking to this principle."
Baluyevsky said the two countries had accomplished a lot since the memorandum was signed. In preparation for the exercises, Russian and Chinese military experts held five rounds of discussions.
Baluyevsky said Peace Mission 2005 was "an important event in relations between the two armies and countries."
General Guanglie said the exercise was a major event in the history of Russian-Chinese relations. Being conducted in line with United Nations principles, it was not aimed against third countries, he said.
About 10,000 troops, 8,000 from China and around 2,000 from Russia, are taking part in the war games.