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China became the second-largest contributor to the UN’s peacekeeping budget, behind the United States, last year and currently has troops involved in nine UN peacekeeping operations.
Six of them are in Africa – in Mali, Liberia, South Sudan, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo and Western Sahara.
On November 30, Chinese peacekeepers serving with the UN in war-torn Mali also conducted a live-fire drill after 15 people were killed and 31 injured in 15 terrorist attacks that month, the reported.
It said four African peacekeepers had been killed in two terrorist raids on UN peacekeepers’ barracks.
Since then, she has made several scoops relating to the military overhaul of the People's Liberation Army, China's aircraft carrier projects and others.
" data-title="Minnie Chan" data-html="true" data-template=" When the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fired the symbolic first shots at its first overseas miliary base, in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, just over two months ago, it was a wake-up call to the world that China’s growing overseas interests will be escorted by a powerful military.
“That kind of behaviour can’t be defined as an invasion, but self-defence.
Zhou said China had become a regular source of so-called enabling units – the special forces, engineering, transport, communications, and aviation troops that could help make UN peacekeeping operations more professional.
Among them were about 800 Chinese female peacekeepers, who tended to have an easier time working with female civilians in Muslim communities in Africa.
“Therefore, going out to take part in [peacekeeping missions] will surely be effective training, which is completely different from the drills they have been experiencing at home.” Han Xinkai, who served with Chinese peacekeepers sent to South Sudan in 2013, during a civil war in the African country, agreed with Zhou, saying the reality of peacekeeping operations was more challenging than what they had learned at home.
“We needed to deal with two key problems,” Han said.