11 Chinese peacekeepers devote their lives to world peace

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-06-07 17:43

BEIJING, June 7 (ChinaMil) – It was learnt on June 6 from the UN Senior Mission Leaders' Course held in Beijing that upon the request of the UN, China will assign a 140-strong helicopter detachment to Sudan's Darfur shortly.

Since China participated in UN peacekeeping missions in 1990, it has become the country in the five UN Security Council permanent members that has assigned the most peacekeepers.

To date, the Chinese military has participated in 24 UN peacekeeping missions and assigned more than 31,000 person-time troops in total, including 11 peacekeepers who devoted their lives to world peace.

More than 2,800 Chinese officers and soldiers are currently carrying out peacekeeping missions at the UN Headquarters and its nine mission areas, including about 2,700 troops in 15 detachments covering engineering, medical, transport, guard and infantry units, as well as 100 or so staff officers and military observers.

In the past 26 years, Chinese peacekeepers have removed more than 9,400 land mines and other explosives, built and repaired more than 13,000 kilometers of road and over 300 bridges, transported over 1.2 million tons of materials for a total distance of more than 13 million kilometers, treated patients for 160,000 person times, and accomplished more than 1,500 maneuvering patrol and escort tasks.

They have made great contributions to promoting the peaceful settlement of disputes, safeguarding regional security and stability, and accelerating the economic and social development in relevant countries, which are extensively acclaimed by the international community.

On September 28, 2015, Chinese president Xi Jinping at the UN peacekeeping summit put forth six measures to support peacekeeping missions.

First, China will join the new UN’s Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System and has thus decided to take the lead in setting up a permanent peacekeeping police squad and build a peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops.

Second, China will give favorable consideration to UN requests for more Chinese engineering troops and transport and medical staff to take part in UN peacekeeping operations.

Third, in the coming five years, China will train 2,000 peacekeepers from other countries and carry out 10 mine clearance assistance programs.

Fourth, in the coming five years, China will provide free military aid of US$100 million to the African Union to support the building of the African Standby Force and the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis.

Fifth, China will send its first peacekeeping helicopter detachment to UN peacekeeping operations in Africa.

Sixth, part of the China-UN peace and development fund will be used to support UN peacekeeping operations.

At present, security risks faced by UN peacekeepers mainly come from armed conflicts, criminal offenses, terrorist attacks, land mine, disease and traffic accidents. According to UN's statistics, about 3,400 UN peacekeepers have died on duty and countless ones have been injured since 1948.

(Reported by Liang Pengfei and Ren Xu)

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