Army officers take Mandarin course at private varsity

Sonipat (Haryana), Sep 22 (IANS) A four-week training programme in Mandarin language for Indian Army officers concluded here last week, the organisers O.P. Jindal Global University said.

Eighteen senior army officials took part in the programme focused on honing Mandarin language skills of the participants, the private university said in a statement.

The augmenting of verbal communication skills in Mandarin by native Chinese instructors will be gainfully utilised by army officers at diplomatic fora, bilateral negotiations with the Chinese military, border meetings and the like, the statement added.

Delivering the valedictory address, Lt.Gen (retd) S.P. Tanwar, former Director General Military Training, said: "Understanding China is of paramount importance for us in India. As military leaders, we need to keep honing our skills in Mandarin to be able to deal better with the Chinese counterparts."


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