Chi­nese, US mil­i­taries be­gin joint hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief, dis­as­ter res­cue drills

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The Chi­nese and US mil­i­taries be­gan joint drills on hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief and dis­as­ter res­cue on the US West Coast.

The event, which be­gan on Mon­day, will be held in three stages in Port­land, Ore­gon, with the first three days in­volve meet­ings and dis­cus­sions be­fore four days of com­mand post ex­er­cises and field ma­neu­vers against the back­drop of flood­ing and other cli­matic dis­as­ters.

At this stage, 35 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both sides will set up a multi­na­tional co­or­di­na­tion cen­ter to sim­u­late hu­man­i­tar­ian and dis­as­ter re­lief and res­cue oper­a­tions in a third coun­try.

These ac­tiv­i­ties will fol­low stan­dard op­er­a­tional proce- dures for re­lief and res­cue by multi­na­tional troops adopted at a de­fense min­is­ters’ meet­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions.

Troops from the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army of China and the US Army Pa­cific Com­mand and its Coast Guards will prac­tice wa­ter-sur­face he­li­copter res­cue, de­bris and nar­row- space res­cue oper­a­tions and the fast build­ing of pon­toon bridges.

This week’s mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary ex­changes are part of in­sti­tu­tional ex­change pro­grams be­tween China and the US.

Since the pro­gram was first launched in 1997, more than 400 peo­ple from both sides have par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous ex­change ac­tiv­i­ties, and 13 ses­sions of table­top dis­cus­sions, five com­mand post ex­er­cises and four field ma­neu­vers have been car­ried out. Xin­hua

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