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  China peacekeepers won international acclamation
(By Javed Akhtar)BEIJING, July 11 (INP): China's peacekeepers won international acclamation for serving the cause of humanity, analysts said here on Tuesday. The UN peacekeeping mission is aimed for peace, the common aspiration and lofty goal of all human beings. Of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China has assigned the most peacekeepers for overseas peacekeeping missions in the past 27 years. "Chinese peacekeepers, by playing an active role in various UN missions, have demonstrated China's image as a big peace-loving and responsible country and contributed a lot to the world peace," said someone responsible at the Peacekeeping Affairs Office of China's Ministry of National Defense (MND). In April 1990, news about Chinese peacekeepers first appeared on a bulletin of UN peacekeeping mission: five military observers from the PLA arrived in Damascus. This bulletin with photos on it witnessed the beginning of China's participation in international peacekeeping missions. To date, the Chinese military has assigned peacekeepers of more than 35,000 person times accumulatively, participated in 24 UN peacekeeping missions, and is reputed as "a key factor and force of peacekeeping missions" by the international community. In the past 27 years, China's peacekeeping efforts have developed in depth and achieved leapfrog development. Regarding mission area, China has expanded from the Middle East to multiple areas in Asia and Africa. Regarding the type of soldiers, China has expanded from engineering units alone to multiple units including infantry, engineering, transportation, medical, security and army aviation. Regarding the scale of peacekeepers, it has expanded from five military observers to today's 2,409 military peacekeepers, the largest amount of the five permanent members of the UN Security council. Regarding the position, Chinese peacekeepers have moved from military observer to a number of medium and high-level posts such as staff officer, division chief and unit commander. Regarding the sharing of peacekeeping fund, China makes the second largest contribution in the world. Regarding the training mechanism, the Chinese military has set up a peacekeeping training system covering primary, medium and high levels. Regarding foreign communication, the MND Peacekeeping Center provides an important platform to train peacekeepers and conduct international exchanges, and some Chinese officers have given training lessons at UN organizations. At the UN Peacekeeping Summit in September 2015, China solemnly announced that it will join the new UN 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. It will give favorable consideration to UN requests for more Chinese engineering troops and transport and medical staff to take part in UN peacekeeping operations. In the coming five years, it will train 2,000 peacekeepers from other countries, and carry out 10 mine clearance assistance programs. It will also provide free military aid of US$100 million to the African Union in the same period to support the building of the African Standby Force and African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises.It's foreseeable that China's active support to and expanded participation in UN peacekeeping operations will inject a new driving force for international peace and security. Danger and challenges are everywhere in the mission areas, but Chinese peacekeepers have never faltered in face of death and have demonstrated their sense of responsibility with outstanding competence. Chinese peacekeepers have gained extensive accolade for their outstanding competence in the past 27 years. "Chinese peacekeeping troops are the most professional, efficient, well-trained and disciplined force in UN missions forces," said a study report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). As more and more Chinese peacekeepers move to the world, their peaceful image characterized by sincerity, kindness and friendliness have won recognition of the world. In many mission areas, the locals took the initiative to contact Chinese peacekeepers, and many of them said that although they didn't understand the English on the uniform, they knew that those with the red star on their arm badge were good people. INP/Javed
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