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In pictures: Russia-China war games

President Hu (left) and President Putin examine a map

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, have attended a joint military exercise in the Ural Mountains in Russia.

Soldiers watching exercises

The exercise involved 6,000 troops from Russia and China.

Helicopters flying in formation

They were joined by troops from the other four nations of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

President Hu and President Putin watch exercises through binoculars

It is the first time that such manoeuvres have taken place on Russian territory.

Men dropping from helicopter onto roof

Troops used a joint air and land assault to attack a mock town.

Troops storming village

In the exercise scenario, the town was being held by terrorists.

Fighter plane firing guns

Fighter jets joined in with the assault.

Troops storming building

Correspondents say the exercises highlight the growing strategic importance of energy-rich Central Asia, which faces a host of security threats.




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