Presse --- English
|October 19, 2006
on Thursday wrapped up its biggest-ever anti-terrorism
exercises, which involved over 2,700 policemen and soldiers,
state press said.
The three days of exercises in the northern Inner Mongolia
region simulated international terrorist groups infiltrating
China and stealing high technology and equipment from a "major
industrial city," Xinhua news agency reported.
The exercise also focused on a joint terrorist response to quell
bomb attacks and the kidnapping of hostages in Inner Mongolia's
Baotou city under a simulated siege, it said.
Besides public security forces, China's para-military police and
the People's Liberation Army were involved in the exercises,
which were also coordinated with the aid of 20 departments and
ministries, the report said.
They were the biggest anti-terrorism exercise China had ever
carried out, according to Xinhua.
During the exercises tanks, armed personnel carriers, bomb
disposal systems and other anti-terrorism equipment were
employed, the report said.
"These exercises reflect the new progress that has been achieved
in the anti-terrorism work in Inner Mongolia," Xinhua quoted Li
Wei, the head of the Public Security Ministry's anti-terrorism
department, as saying.
China's northern Inner Mongolian region is largely populated by
ethnic Mongolians, who have at times violently opposed China's
rule of the area that was annexed during the Qing Dynasty
But such opposition has not been as virulent as anti-Chinese
opposition in China's western-most region of Xinjiang, populated
largely by Uighur Muslims, or in its Himalayan region of Tibet.