China sends 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan

2014-12-22 11:07
Civilians arrive at the compound of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, adjacent to Juba International Airport, to take refuge. (AP)

Civilians arrive at the compound of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, adjacent to Juba International Airport, to take refuge. (AP)

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Beijing - Chinese state media have reported that China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of the country's first infantry battalion to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 180 of the troops will fly to South Sudan next month followed by the rest of the battalion in March. The agency said the battalion will be equipped with drones, armored infantry carriers, anti-tank missiles, mortars and other weapons for self-defence purposes.

Xinhua said more than 2 000 Chinese peacekeepers are posted in conflict zones around the world.

South Sudan has been engulfed in civil war over the past year after its secession from Sudan in 2011.

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