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Chinese peacekeepers prepare for Africa missions

Reporter: Liu Li 丨 CCTV.com

04-30-2016 16:42 BJT

Since the 1990s, China has been participating in UN peacekeeping operations, mainly in Africa. Now China is contributing more to the continent.

Intensive training for the upcoming mission to Africa.

An infantry battalion of 700-strong will leave for South Sudan for a one-year posting in December, and 225 military engineers for the Darfur region.

"I hope all of us will work harder to complete the mission, to bring African people hope and peace, and a better life," said Wang Bp, UN peacekeeper.

China's peacekeeping missions in Africa started in 1991. Nearly thirty thousand Chinese soldiers have so far served in 16 UN missions in Africa.

More than 2400 Chinese soldiers are serving 7 UN peacekeeping missions in Africa. China is the biggest contributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Chinese peacekeepers mainly took up engineering, transport, medical aid, and security guard positions in the past. But since this year, China started deploying infantry battalions which protect civilians, UN staff, and humanitarian workers, and perform patrol and security duties.

The work of Chinese peacekeepers has been welcomed by locals.

"Thanks very much the Chinese peacekeepers for dispatching equipment and manpower to us to improve our environment. They provided us with a lot of help, and I hope they'll be able to come to our camp more often," said Mohammed Umdah, Darfur resident.

"We were forced to leave our home. There was a lack of food, medical care, and poor sanitary conditions. The Chinese peacekeepers help a lot, and we really appreciate it," said Peter Robert, S. Sudan citizen.

China has pledged to continue participating in UN peacekeeping operations in Africa.

At the 70 anniversary peacekeeping summit held in the UN headquarters, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced China would not only contribute 8,000 troops for a UN peacekeeping standby force, but also provide one hundred million US dollars in military assistance to the African Union in the next five years.

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