After months of taking heat for its no-strings aid to controversial African regimes, China’s looks as if its might be ready to get its hands dirty in the continent’s messiest conflict. From NPR:
The Chinese government organized a reporters’ trip to an army base in central Henan province to see the People’s Liberation Army engineering unit headed to Darfur to join peacekeeping forces there.
Read also People’s Daily ariticle: Chinese peacekeepers for Darfur to be deployed in early October, which said, “a Chinese peacekeeping unit will be deployed in Sudan’s Darfur region in early October… The unit consists of 315 people. They are divided into three engineer platoons, one well sinking platoon and one field hospital, Dai Shao’an, vice director of the peacekeeping affairs office with the ministry, told Xinhua.”