China Promotes Darfur-Bound Peacekeepers – Edward Cody

From The Washington Post:

The Chinese military put on a display of its first -bound peacekeepers Saturday, having troops throw up Bailey bridges and feign combat to dramatize Beijing’s desire to be seen as a partner in bringing peace to the violence-torn corner of .

The training demonstration, by an engineering unit of the People’s Liberation Army, was observed by foreign journalists as part of a new campaign by the Chinese government to show that it is cooperating with the United States and other nations to end the Darfur fighting, which since 2003 has displaced about 2.5 million people and contributed to the deaths of as many as 450,000 from violence and disease. [Full Text]



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