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Sep 14, 2022

B.D.F. Soldiers Learning Mandarin

Approximately thirty soldiers from the Belize Defence Force have been engaged in learning the Mandarin language since last week. They will continue doing so for the next year through collaboration between the governments of Belize and Taiwan.  Today at the B.D.F. headquarters in Ladyville, the language program was officially launched. A News Five team was there for the brief ceremony to find out more about the importance of this venture as the B.D.F. seeks to embark on training in Taiwan as well.


David Kuan-Chou Chien

David Kuan-Chou Chien, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“The Mandarin program creates a bridge that connects different cultures between the people of Taiwan and the people of Belize. It enables our two countries, our two people to become even closer and more prosperous relationship together. I trust that each one of you will enjoy learning and understanding Mandarin and I wish all of you success in your future endeavours.”


Brigadier General Azariel Loria, Commander, B.D.F.

“We are starting to do courses overseas in Taiwan and hence the reason we saw the need for the course. It is not only for the courses, but here as well we want to make sure that our soldiers have a reasonable amount of knowledge to communicate with the business community. We know that the business community out there, they are Chinese. The Chinese community mostly, they are the shopkeepers, the restaurateurs, etc.”



“So what would you say to somebody who might say B.D.F. dehn deh ina di jungle. Why do they need to know Mandarin for?”


Brigadier General Azariel Loria

“Like how I tell you earlier, we do advance courses. We do advance courses. Right now we have about four or five cadets in Taiwan studying to become officers. We have one that is doing senior staff course in Taiwan. And we need the language, we need training because we do training in a variety of countries, but Taiwan has offered us to train the military as well. So it is not only to be in the jungle where we are not going to talk mandarin, but we need to ensure that we know the language first and then tackle the course. Taiwan has a variety of ways of how they fight wars for a lack of a better word, how they confront hostilities that if we would have the country that is offering that, why not take advantage of it.”

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