China-Australia ground forces start joint training in Kunming
Military training for Chinese and Australian soldiers began in Kunming, Yunnan province, on Sept 10, marking the first time for bilateral ground forces to have joint training in China.
Comprised of 10 soldiers from each the two countries, the training exercise will focus on comprehensive skills for mountainous terrain.
A practical measure to strengthen military cooperation and promote the development of both armies in China and Australia, the training is deemed to be an important platform for both countries to deepen trust and strategic partnerships.
Australia's relationship with China "could not be stronger", said Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, when Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi visited the country from Feb 7-10.
During the visit, Bishop also expressed her hope to see more cooperation between the two countries in energy conservation, environmental protection and emissions reduction.
The joint training will last for around half a month and focus on cooperation, trust and exchange to cultivate character and team spirit, in addition to physical combat exercises.
Australian and Chinese military members take a group photo at the training base in Kunming, Yunnan province, on Sept 10. [Photo/mod.gov.cn]
An opening ceremony is held before the training starts on Sept 10. [Photo/mod.gov.cn]