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Friday, November 12, 2010     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

China, Turkey conduct second major exercise

ANKARA — China and Turkey have conducted another military exercise.


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 Eagle.

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.

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