Chinese military team starts working in Gao of Mali

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Ouyang
2016-06-06 16:48

Major General Su Guanghui (L), acting director of the Peacekeeping Affairs Office of the Chinese Defense Ministry and leader of a Chinese military team, talks with Ms. Lu Huiying (2nd, L), Chinese Ambassador to Mali in Bamako, capital of Mali on June 3, 2016. ( Zurong)

GAO, Mali, June 5 (ChinaMil) –In the past two days upon arrival in Bamako, capital of Mali on the morning of June 3, local time, a team sent by the Chinese military has worked effectively with investigating the process of the terrorist attack, coordinating the aftermath settlement of the casualties, guiding the Chinese peacekeeping contingent to strengthen security and defense, etc..

The team, headed by Major General Su Guanghui, who is acting director of the Peacekeeping Affairs Office of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND), took a UN flight flying from Bamako to Gao in northern Mali on the morning of June 4.

As soon as arriving at the camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Gao, Maj. Gen. Su and his team mourned and paid respect to Shen Liangliang, the Chinese peacekeeper killed in the terrorist attack on MINUSMA camp in Gao on May 31.

Then, they came to the Chinese peacekeeping hospital in the Sector East of the MINUSMA to visit soldiers injured in the terrorist attack. The medical experts in the team made consultations with doctors in the hospital on conditions and subsequent treatment of the wounded.

On Saturday afternoon, the team came to the camp zone of the engineer and security detachments of the Chinese peacekeeping contingent to Mali. They looked around the attack sites and inspected all the defense facilities at the camp.

The team also hosted a meeting attended by responsible officers and troop representatives of the security, engineer and medical detachments of the Chinese peacekeeping contingent, during which the three detachments reported their defensive measures and further refined security and defense preplans.

Maj. Gen. Wu Yanan, deputy commander of the 16th Combined Corps of the PLA Army, asked the Chinese peacekeepers to rapidly resume effective defense. "We will take all necessary means to resolutely protect safety of Chinese peacekeepers," said Tian Lin, counselor of the International Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both of them are members of the team.

The team also visited the Headquarters of the MINUSMA Sector East and talked with major civil and military officials of the MINUSMA Sector East. These officials lamented over the death of Shen Liangliang and expressed their sympathy for the wounded and praised the Chinese peacekeepers for their rapid response and effective handling of the attack, demonstrating strong defense capabilities and good professional competence.

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