China Filling Void Left by West in U.N. Peacekeeping – Colum Lynch

From Post:

When African nations began urging the deployment of peacekeepers to Somalia in June to prop up its embattled , an unlikely nation stepped forward to support their call for action: China, which had long been wary of such interventions by the United Nations.

China’s emergence as an economic has forced the government to rethink some of its foreign priorities, and it is quietly extending its influence on the world stage through the support of international operations.

China is now the 13th-largest contributor of peacekeepers, providing 1,648 troops, and military observers to 10 nations, mostly in African countries, including Congo, Liberia and southern . But its activities reach well beyond Africa. [Full Text]

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