“It’s a reminder that we’re all in this together. We’re all human”

U.S. and Chinese troops connect in first-ever exchange at Washington Military Base

The News Tribune
Army medic Sgt. Leslie Peterson hesitated to answer when a medic from the Chinese military asked a basic question about how Peterson would care for a soldier badly wounded in battle.

“Can I answer that?” Peterson asked a higher-ranking U.S. soldier.

Peterson was given a blessing to respond. Then she continued her demonstration that won applause from a couple dozen visitors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Friday.

She was a hit with this contingent from China’s People’s Liberation Army. But her hesitation underscored the newness of an unusual military exchange at JBLM that’s connecting soldiers from two armies usually characterized as rivals.

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