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Chinese Military Aircraft Arrives in New Zealand For Joint Exercise

- Xinhua

An IL-76 aircraft from China has arrived in New Zealand’s Auckland to participat­e in a joint exercise for transport aircraft. Exercise Skytrain is the first joint exercise between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, according a PLA statement on Monday.

The exercise focuses on humanitari­an aid, disaster relief and maritime search and rescue operations. The Chinese aircraft made stops in the Philippine­s and Australia en route to New Zealand in accordance with regulation­s of the two countries and internatio­nal norms, the statement said, adding the two countries provided necessary service to the Chinese aircraft.

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