A brigade of China's armed police flew to Russia on Saturday for an anti-terrorism drill jointly held by China and Russia.
Two military transport planes carried the group of 30 armed police took off at Beijing Nanyuan Airport on Saturday morning.
The Snow Leopard Commando, namely the 13th Special Brigade of the Chinese People's Armed Police (PAP) Beijing Corps, is scheduled to join in the Cooperation 2007 Joint Exercise with Russia's domestic security force in Moscow in early September.
The brigade, a first-class anti-terror force guarding China's national capital, was established in December 2002. So far, it has handled over 90 major urgent cases and took part in about a dozen military drills and performances.
"Cooperation 2007" will be the first international anti-terrorism exercise for China's armed police outside China.
The drill is conducted in accordance with the principles of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and related agreements signed by the two countries, said sources from China's armed police.
The exact date of the drill, which will last three days, has not been announced.