Chinese and U.S. armed forces will organize a joint military exercise highlighting rescue and disaster easing in southwest China from Nov. 13 to 18, China’s military representative Wu Qian told a press briefing  on Thursday.

A total of 134 land forces from the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army and 89 from U.S. Pacific forces will take part in the drill at a training base in the Southern Theater Command in Kunming, Yunnan Province.

The drill will be carried out in line with the consensus reached by the two armed forces, and the participants will undertake humanitarian rescue and disaster reduction operations at high altitude, Wu said.

The representative additionally affirmed salary rises for Chinese servicemen, saying it would inspire them to perform out their duties and obligations better.