Military delegation ends trip to Guam
GOV.cn Wednesday, June 21, 2006


A Chinese officer (R) views a US weapon in Guam on June 19, 2006. A 10-member Chinese delegation observed a large-scale US military exercise in the sea area of Guam on Monday. It was the first time the US invited Chinese observers to its military exercises. A Chinese delegation has been invited by commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Admiral William J. Fallon to observe the military exercise, which will be held on June 19-23.  [Xinhua Photo]


Zhang Leiyu (L), head of the Chinese military delegation, talks with a Japanese observer (R) in Guam on June 19, 2006. A 10-member Chinese delegation observed a large-scale US military exercise in the sea area of Guam on Monday.  [Xinhua Photo]


Chinese delegates to observe the U.S. military exercise talk with an American pilot during the preparation in the sea area of Guam, the United States, June 18, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Aircraft carrier fleets to take part in the U.S. military exercise gather in the sea area of Guam, the United States, June 18, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Vessels to take part in the U.S. military exercise gather in the sea area of Guam, the United States, June 18, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Fighter planes fly in the sky of the sea area of Guam, the United States, June 18, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]

A Chinese delegation returned to Beijing Wednesday night after observing a large-scale U.S. military exercise in Guam.

It was the first time that Chinese military personnel had been invited to observe a war game conducted by the U.S. Army.

The 10-member delegation, together with delegations from six other countries, observed the "Valiant Shield-06" exercise that started on Sunday.

Six of the Chinese delegation were officers from the Army, the Air Force and the Navy, including three generals, while the other four were diplomats or journalists.

It was reported that three aircraft carrier fleets took part in the exercise, involving a total of 30 warships, 280 aircraft and 22,000 service personnel.

"The fact that the Chinese delegation was invited to observe the U.S. war game is a positive step in China-U.S. military ties, " said Zhang Leiyu, head of the Chinese delegation.

"The visit helped the Chinese side obtain a better understanding of U.S. weapons, training skills and exercise arrangements," said Zhang, deputy chief of staff of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

The drill was a good platform for the two armed forces to communicate and learn from each other, Zhang said.

In 2003 and 2005, China invited U.S. military personnel to observe exercises conducted by Chinese troops.

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Editor: Ling Zhu
Source: Xinhua