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China - New Zealand cadets have in-depth exchanges

09-14-2010 19:09 BJT

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army's navy is continuing its visit to New Zealand. On Monday, trainees from China's military schools travelling with the vessels visited local military schools in Auckland. China's future sailors and naval officers demonstrated their fluent English and had in-depth exchanges with their New Zealand counterparts.

China's next generation naval crew.

They are young. They are disciplined, and...they all speak fluent English.

Today, they are visiting Sea Safety Training school, a major military academy in New Zealand, to compare notes with their kiwi peers.

The school has only 2000 trainees, but sometimes smaller can be better.

A New Zealand officer explained that the school has unique approaches in that it tracks each student's talents and aspirations and offers tailored programs.

The communication is not just one-sided, however. It has been interactive throughout. And such direct communication enabled them to make a greater impression on each other.

Dane Christophersen, Midshipman of Royal New Zealand Navy, said, "Especially the discipline..they have a strong focus that we can see. They look very sharp, very clean. They presented very well. "

Wang Bing, Dalian Naval Academy, said, "I learned a lot about the skills of navigation. We worked together with the crew and learned a lot from them. After we arrived at our destination such as here, I think I learned a lot from local people.They are very friendly."

And if you think joining the naval service and exploring vast oceans is only the ambition of guys, think again.

There has been an increase in female Chinese cadets in recent years. This time, 20 of them were selected from China's four major military schools to travel with training Vessel Zhenghe to New Zealand.

They might still be outnumbered by their male counterparts for the time being, but they aspire equally, if not more, to lead China's future efforts in reaching out to the world by sea.

Jing Jing, Cadet of Navy Uniersity of Engineering, said, "Though China does not have any female sea captain, that doesn't discourage us you know. We do all the things that males do. So maybe to become the first female sea captain is our dream."

Touring around the Training Center, The Chinese cadets said they were impressed with the real-situation based facilities here. They offer

practical training that is still lacking in some Chinese military academies that mainly focus on theories.

The young cadets from both countries say they might be different in some ways, but as future naval crew of their countries, commitment, courage, and comradeship are values they both hold dear.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.cn

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