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(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.

Chinese and U.S. military personnel practice Friday in a cramped space that simulates the extraction of an injured person from a collapsed building. The exercise was part of the 11th Disaster Management Exchange between the U.S military and the People’s Liberation Army of China at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com

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.

The exchange this week brought about 80 soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army to a military base in the continental U.S. for the first time.

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