China Affirms UN Peacekeeping Role With Multinational Exercises | News from USA®
By EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA, Associated Press
QUESHAN COUNTY, China (PA) – China highlighted its role in United Nations peacekeeping operations by holding multinational exercises that ended on Wednesday.
The 10-day exercises in central Henan Province brought together around 1,000 troops from China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Thailand.
They practiced the assembly of armed escorts, security patrols, the construction of temporary bases, civil protection and the fight against terrorism.
Chinese weapons, equipment and facilities were at the forefront throughout the exercises, underscoring the country’s position as the largest contributor to peacekeeping forces among the seven permanent members of the UN Security Council. China has the largest standing army in the world with increasingly sophisticated capabilities to challenge the United States, its main global strategic rival.
In a mock counter-terrorism exercise, an explosives-laden vehicle was driven to a UN base as assailants fired at peacekeepers and threw Molotov cocktails. The exercise was based on an incident in which a Chinese peacekeeping base in Mali was attacked.
China currently has around 2,500 peacekeepers assigned to eight separate missions.
The exercise comes on the 50th anniversary of the recognition of the People’s Republic as China’s representative to the United Nations, resulting in the expulsion from Taiwan, which Beijing continues to claim as its own territory to be placed under its control. control by military force if necessary.
The exercises also come at a time of prolonged tensions between China and India over their disputed border and uncertainty over Afghanistan’s security following the withdrawal of US and foreign forces from the country in August.
Among other participants in the exercises, Pakistan has been a long-time ally of Beijing, while China has been courting Thailand in recent years through investment and military cooperation. Mongolia is sandwiched between China and Russia and relies heavily on its neighbor to the south to purchase its natural resources.
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