Over thirty Belize Defense Force soldiers have temporarily come out of the jungle to take part in a Mandarin training course. The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) launched a Language Program for the soldiers and today, an opening ceremony was held at Price Barracks. The Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, David Kuan-Chou Chien, highlighted that this training will strengthen bilateral ties.
Commander of the BDF, Brigadier General, Azariel Loria, is also one of those students and he says it is important for the soldiers to be able to communicate in Mandarin because it will expand the possibilities of them excelling in the military training schools they attend in Taiwan. He added that they are also looking to sharpen their Spanish-speaking skills.