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Monday, January 19, 2015, 08:57

Cadets put best foot forward for one country

By China Daily in Hong Kong
Cadets put best foot forward for one country

Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee (second right), wife of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and head of Hong Kong Army Cadets (HKAC), and other leaders and members of the cadets corp swear an oath during the HKAC Inauguration Ceremony at Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base on Sunday. (Provided to China Daily)

Dozens of students from local universities and secondary schools joined the Hong Kong Army Cadets group inaugurated on Sunday, which is said to be the city’s first uniformed youth group to follow Chinese foot drill protocols.

Through drills and training camps, the new voluntary uniformed youth group aims to promote civic awareness, a sense of responsibility and rights as Chinese citizens, and personal qualities such as perseverance, self-discipline and leadership among youngsters.

The ceremony at the Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base saw the new recruits take an oath pledging to observe strict discipline and solidarity, to work out for physical health and steadfast spirit, to care for others, to serve the community, to build Hong Kong and, last but not least, to serve the country.

The uniform worn by the army cadets largely resembles the regular summer uniform of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Ground Force, except that the shades of green appear to be brighter for the local youth group.

The group’s honorary patrons, including the Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, Zhang Xiaoming, and Chief Executive (CE) Leung Chun-ying, administered the oath-taking.

The CE’s wife, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, is the cadet “commander”. She said at the ceremony that it has taken over a year to put together the new group with strong support from the city government, the Liaison Office and the PLA Hong Kong Garrison.

HKAC’s honorary chairman is Tung Chee-hwa, former HKSAR chief executive and currently vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

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