With just under a fortnight to go until a high-profile military parade is held to commemorate China’s victory in WWII, there has been no let up in the armed forces’ practice schedule.
Chinese soldiers and military officers have been sweating over the upcoming military parade in the heart of Beijing.
According to chief drillmaster of the foot formations, goose stepping and military posture were basic skills, and required of all soldiers.
On the surface, such training has nothing to do with real combat.
But in practice, the officer says it gives an indication of commitment and will.
The former head of China’s honor guard says tough drills put soldiers’ loyalty, ability and stamina to the test.
A military expert says stringent practice can also enhance soldiers’ responsibility and cooperative capabilities.
The September 3rd parade will see 12,000 troops, 500 armament vehicles and 200 aircraft participate in the huge military event around Tian’anmen Square in Beijing.