China Pledges 8,000 Troops For UN Peacekeeping

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China's President Xi Jinping
China’s President Xi Jinping

China’s President Xi Jinping said the country will contribute 8,000 troops for United Nations peacekeeping standby force. He was speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. The move could make it one of the largest players in UN peacekeeping efforts.

“China will join the new UN peacekeeping capability readiness system, and has thus decided to lead in setting up a permanent peacekeeping police squad and build a peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops,” said Xi.

For the United Nations peacekeeping, more than 50 countries pledged 40, 000 troops at a US-led summit called to shore up missions under strain from the rise in global crises. The summit was chaired on Monday by US President Obama.

Apart from the troops, Xi said China would provide $100 million in military assistance to the African Union the next five years to support the establishment of an African standby force and to boost its capacity for crisis response.

Xi said part of a new 10-year, $1 billion China-UN peace and development fund set up by China would be used for peacekeeping operations. China would give “favourable consideration” to future UN requests for more Chinese engineering, transport and medical staff, but operations exit strategies need to be timely formulated and executed”, Xi said.

US President Barack Obama told leaders that peace operations were “experiencing unprecedented strains” and deployed in “more difficult and deadlier conflicts.” We know that peace operations are not the solution to every problem, Obama told the summit held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “But they do remain one of the world’s most important tools to address armed conflict.”

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