A war game exercise held by Russia and China was named "Peace Mission 2007". The exercise has lasted nine days and began in China's Northwest province of Xinjiang. This marks the first time such an exercise has been held in Russia.
The exercise involved around 6000 troops, mostly Russian and Chinese, but also troops from the neighboring countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Most of the funding for the war games is coming from Russia.
The war games are seen as boosting ties between the countries, as well as a counter-balance to US dominance in world affairs. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is also contemplating inviting Iran to be a full member in the future.