The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are taking part in their third bilateral training exercise, Cooperation 2014.

The exercises which begins on Sunday and is being held in Nanjing, China, will end on Nov 9. Brigadier-General Siew Kum Wong, Assistant Chief of General Staff (Operations), and Major-General Wang Chunning, Commander of 12th Mixed Group Army, Nanjing Military Region co-officiated at the opening ceremony on Sunday morning, the Ministry of Defence said in a press statement.

About 70 personnel each from the SAF and the PLA are taking part in the eight-day exercise which will include professional seminars and a company-level conventional infantry exercise featuring a live-firing demonstration. The SAF is represented by personnel from the 5th Singapore Infantry Regiment and 3rd Singapore Division.

They will take part in the exercise alongside their Chinese counterparts from the PLA 179th Brigade and Nanjing Military Region. Cooperation 2014 provides a good platform for personnel of the two armed forces to interact and better understand each other, Mindef said. The exercise also underscores the warm and growing defence relations between both armed forces.

Both interact regularly through exchanges of visits, courses, exercises, and port calls, Mindef said in its statement

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