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By Chadian Army Major KHALIL Abdoulaye djouho
I am now serving in the Chad peacekeeping contingent under the United Nations Multidemensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). In early April, the UN camp was attacked by a group of extremists, and the Chadian peacekeeping contingent suffered casualties. Both my colleagues and my subordinates were among the wounded. Fortunately, they were treated in a timely manner at a level-II hospital operated by the Chinese peacekeeping medical team to Mali, for which I am very grateful.
This is not my first contact with the Chinese troops under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC). I went to the Army Logistics University of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for training in 2019. During my stay in China, the Chinese service members I met were very dedicated and professional. Now, I often think of the days I spent in the PLA Army Logistics University. It was at that time that I had a more realistic understanding of the Chinese military, the image of the Chinese troops changed from vague to clear in my mind and gradually became full and vivid.
Under the leadership of the CPC, the Chinese military always puts the interests of the people first. In the Army Logistics University, I learnt about the history of the CPC and the PLA. The CPC is composed of a group of people with advanced ideas influenced by Marxism. Since its establishment in 1921, the CPC has been a revolutionary party representing the proletariat. The PLA was born in the Nanchang Uprising led by the CPC in 1927. The CPC's absolute leadership over the PLA was established in the practice and exploration of the Chinese revolution. From the arduous Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression to the Chinese People's War of Liberation, under the leadership of the CPC, the PLA has been fighting for the country and the people, not afraid of hardships nor death. Today, t these fine traditions are still carried on by the PLA troops.
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese military medical staff rushed to the anti-pandemic front line the first time they received orders. The visions of "serving the people" and "putting the people’s interests first" were truly reflected in the actions of the Chinese army.
Apart from safeguarding the country and its people, the Chinese military also undertakes the mission of maintaining world peace. I have also seen many good qualities from the Chinese peacekeeping forces in Mali. The Chinese peacekeepers often distribute medicines to local residents, provide free treatment, and get along well with local people.
Now I have gained a deeper understanding that serving the people wholeheartedly is the fundamental purpose of the CPC, and the PLA is truly an army of the Chinese people and the faithful practitioner of the fundamental purpose of the CPC.
(This article is based on an interview by the PLA Daily with Major KHALIL Abdoulaye djouho assigned to the Army from the Republic of Chad, who had once studied at China's PLA Army Logistics University.)