Chinese peacekeeping engineers construct supply route for South Sudan

China Military Online
Li Jiayao

WAU, SOUTH SUDAN, Nov. 23 (ChinaMil) -- A main supply route project undertaken by the 9th Chinese peacekeeping engineer contingent to South Sudan started construction on November 19, 2018.

According to Angelo Taban Biajo, Governor of Wau State, the start of the supply route construction marks a major step in achieving the interconnection of transportation infrastructure in South Sudan. He expressed sincere gratitude to Chinese peacekeeping forces for their decisive support for the state construction and social development of South Sudan.

This supply route is known to run across South Sudan’s southern and northern parts. It is called the “aorta” for the government to develop economy and South Sudanese people to make a living, as well as the “lifeline” for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to carry out humanitarian assistance. Due to war damage, poor maintenance, and rain erosion, some roads in South Sudan were cut by ravines and gullies. Therefore, it is difficult for vehicles to travel on the current road, leading to a negative severe impact on normal supply transportation.

Zha Yongli, commander of the 9th Chinese peacekeeping engineer contingent to South Sudan, said that while carrying out peacekeeping missions, Chinese peacekeepers also help improve living conditions and production methods of local people, manifesting China’s international undertaking and style as a great power.

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