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Rwandan Chinese Trained Troops Mark 25th Liberation Anniversary

Rwandan President Paul Kagame inspects a guard 
of honour at the event on Thursday. Kagame
commanded the rebel forces that ended
 the genocide in 1994
Rwandan troops trained by the Chinese army marched in the east African country’s grand military parade to mark the 25th anniversary of the liberation from genocide, even shouting commands in Mandarin. Leaders from seven African nations were among thousands watching the colourful parade for Rwanda’s Liberation Day at the packed Amahoro National Stadium in the capital of Kigali on Thursday, to celebrate the end of the 100-day genocide in 1994 against the country’s Tutsi minority.
For the first time, the parade featured Chinese-style drills and slogans instead of Western military formations, China’s state broadcaster CCTV reported. When troops marched by the stadium rostrum to their right-hand side, the commanding officer held a salute and engaged in a call and response in accented Mandarin:
“Look to the right!” The soldiers yelled back: “One! Two!” In April, the Rwanda Defence Force invited the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard to send over drill instructors to help train Rwandan soldiers and police, according to the CCTV report aired on Friday.
Six Chinese instructors worked to train nearly 2,000 Rwandans, who made up 22 squads in the military parade.
PLA instructor Liu Baoxin told the broadcaster that the Rwandan soldiers and police officers were trained for over eight hours every day, based on Chinese military training methods. “Today their performance has exceeded our expectations, and has reached the standard of our training,” he said. “We are very satisfied with their performance.”


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