Sources said China has sent army special operations forces for an
exercise in Turkey. They said the exercise in early November lasted a week
at the commando school in Turkey, Middle East Newsline reported.
"This was an exercise planned nearly a year ago," a Turkish source said.
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This marked the second major military exercise between China and Turkey
in as many months. In October, the two countries, in the first such mission
with a NATO member, participated in a combat air exercise called Anatolian
The sources said the latest exercise took place at Turkey's Commando
School and Training Center. They said this marked the first SOF exercise by
Ankara and Beijing, which have enhanced defense and energy relations this year.
Over the last few months, China and Turkey have been meeting to draft
strategic cooperation. The cooperation was said to include an intelligence
exchange, joint defense and energy projects.