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Ambassador He Xiangdong visits Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan

Reporter: Susan Mwongeli 丨 CCTV.com

09-19-2016 09:22 BJT

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China is a major contributor to U.N. peacekeeping operations across the world. In South Sudan alone, more than 1,000 Chinese nationals are tasked with keeping the peace. China’s ambassador to the country He Xiangdong recently visited the troops.

Ambassador He Xiangdong visits Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan

Ambassador He Xiangdong visits Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan

The Chinese Peacekeeping infantry battalion is part of the ongoing U.N. mission in South Sudan. It is tasked with protecting civilians and maintaining security at U.N. bases. But the recent violence in South Sudan has taken a toll. Two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in clashes in Juba.

Chinese Ambassador He Xiangdong expressed his excitement at the opportunity to visit the peacekeepers.

He said, “I am very much touched and thrilled to visit here, after the conflict on July 8, it has fully reflected that our peacekeeping infantry battalion is of high morale.”

“It also shows that in the new period, our army is loyal to the Communist Party and will be able to win and be persistent with its good traditions. Their good mental outlook impressed me a lot.”

The ambassador also reaffirmed China's commitment to ensuring peace in South Sudan.

He also said, “On the issue of mediation in southern Sudan, we have sent Special Representative for Africa several times to participate in the mediation of South Sudan. And we have people in many international organizations which are based in South Sudan, doing the work that includes joint monitoring and evaluation.”

“And we also have Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion here ,the above have fully demonstrated that we attach great importance to the peace process in southern Sudan and we have been doing our best in playing a positive and constructive role in South Sudan peace process.”

Following the violence in Juba in July, Chinese national were evacuated from South Sudan. Only a handful remain in Juba. But the ambassador hopes the situation will stabilize.

He said, “I think after the conflict, as the situation calms down, some Chinese businessmen and workers will come back, but when and how many will coming back, depends on the situation in the country.”

“We sincerely hope that South Sudan will return to peace and stability. That way more Chinese enterprises will come back, to participate in the construction and development of South Sudan.”

China is heavily engaged in seeking diplomatic solutions to South Sudan and is also helping materially to end the violence in the country. 

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