Chinese marines debut at military training

Added On September 7, 2018

The eight-day trilateral training mission featured the debut of Chinese marines.

About 30 elite soldiers from the Chinese marines, the Australian army, and the U.S. army and marines had participated in the training mission on Australia's far north coast.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): HAPE MANAENA, Australian Lieutenant Colonel

"Essentially we all do everything together, that is the whole point of it, to build teamwork and to strive to do things together, that’s what we are trying to do. DELETE This joint exercise helps us build confidence and our endurance."

Focused on adventure training, teams were tasked with kayaking across islands in the Great Barrier Reef, climbing Queensland State's highest mountain Bartle Frere, canoeing, abseiling and cliff diving.

Initiated in 2014, the annual Exercise Kowari has become an important platform for the armed forces of the three countries to deepen mutual understanding and strengthen trust.

This year witnessed the debut of the Chinese marines to the annual Exercise Kowari.

Chinese Marine Senior Colonel Chen Weidong said that the rigorous training was a major benefit to everyone involved.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): CHEN WEIDONG, Chinese Marine Senior Colonel 

"This kind of joint exercise also deepens the understanding and friendship between the armed forces of the three countries, laying a good foundation for further exchange activities in the future."