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U.N. Peacekeeping and Chinese Diplomacy

At The Atlantic, Anna Richardson describes the growth and implications of China’s U.N. peacekeeping deployments: With little fanfare, in the space of 20 years, China has steadily increased its commitment to UN peacekeeping...

Chinese General Leads Cyprus Peacekeepers

Reuters’ Peter Apps talks to China’s most senior U.N. peacekeeper, Major General Chao Liu, commander of the U.N. mission in Cyprus. With 1,800 personnel deployed around the world, China is now the largest contributor...

China in Africa: A “New Colonialism”?

In contrast with Hillary Clinton’s recent warnings of China’s “new colonialism”, the Stimson Center argues that China’s interests in Africa “should not be seen as categorically harmful”....

New Reports on China’s Role in Africa

A new report from the NGO Saferworld details the effect of China’s expanding African presence on the continent’s security and stability. China’s bilateral relations with African states are largely determined by its...

China Confirms Eight Nationals Dead in Haiti Earthquake

Eight Chinese nationals were killed during the earthquake that struck Haiti, including four members of a UN peace keeping mission: Xinhua said four of the victims were part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and the other...

More English Needed as China Steps Up Peacekeeping

The People’s Liberation Army has been more active in peacekeeping missions around the world, and is now finding a need for more English training for their troops to communicate more effectively with U.N. personnel, Reuters...

Sudan Welcomes Chinese Peacekeepers

From AP: Their clocks are set on Beijing time, they use state-of-the-art equipment and — most of all — they are welcome by the Sudanese government. In just about everything, the Chinese peacekeeping contingent in Darfur is...

Darfur Rebels Spurn Chinese Force – BBC

Rebels in Darfur have demanded that peacekeepers from China pull out of the Sudanese region just hours after the arrival of 135 Chinese engineers. From BBC: The army engineers arrived on Saturday to prepare for a joint UN and African Union peacekeeping force of 26,000. The Jem says it wants China to withdraw its support […]

China Prepares to Send Peacekeepers to Darfur – Anthony Kuhn

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 […]

China to Send Military Unit to Darfur – Edward Cody

As a new report from Amnesty International criticizes China for supplying arms to Sudan, the Washington Post reports that China is making plans to send a military engineering unit to assist the African Union peace-keeping troops in the war-torn region of Darfur, Sudan: The decision to help bolster the 7,000 African Union peacekeepers was seen […]

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

From Washington Post: When African nations began urging the deployment of peacekeepers to Somalia in June to prop up its embattled government, 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 superpower has forced the […]

China Plans to Send Peacekeepers to Lebanon -Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times: China plans to send a contingent of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon and is consulting the United Nations on the details, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. The spokesman gave no details but French President Jacques Chirac, whose country is a key player in the U.N. deployment, […]

Drew Thompson: Beijing’s participation in UN peace-keeping operations

From the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief: After China joined the UN in 1971, it adamantly opposed peacekeeping operations (PKO) and refused to contribute money or resources to any operations. Adhering to a strict definition of sovereignty and non-interference, China rejected international interventions that supposedly violated their notions of peaceful co-existence and potentially invited international scrutiny […]

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