ZHENGZHOU, CHINA, -- China has despatched the first 120 of a 700-member peacekeeping infantry battalion to Juba, capital of South Sudan, the third continent to be sent to that troubled Horn of Africa nation since the first one was deployed in 2015.

The remainder of the infantry battalion, which has been assigned to a 12-month tour of duty as members of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission, will leave in five separate groups with the first batch having left on Sunday.

The peacekeepers have all attended a three-month peacekeeping course and will be engaged with the protection of civilians, supporting UN and humanitarian relief programmes, and patrol and escort duties.

In July this year, two Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan were killed and five others were injured during a peacekeeping mission in the capital, Juba.

China currently has more than 2,600 peacekeeping personnel involved in 10 UN peacekeeping operations, making China the most active of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in terms of supplying peacekeeping personnel. -

Source: Nam News Network

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