Chinese Military is Crucial in UN Peacekeeping Operations, Says Spokesperson



The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has become a critical element and a key force in UN peacekeeping operations and will contribute more to global peace and development, a Chinese military spokesperson said on Thursday.


Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, made the remarks in response to a media question related to the PLA's relevant contributions, as Wednesday marked the 22nd International Day of UN Peacekeepers.


Noting that China advocates for peace and honors its commitment with real actions, Wu said that China has actively participated in UN peacekeeping operations and is the largest troop-contributing country among the permanent members of the UN Security Council.


In recent years, the PLA has built an 8,000-strong peacekeeping force and sent more than 50,000 peacekeepers to over 20 countries and regions, Wu said.


The spokesperson added that currently, more than 1,700 PLA peacekeepers are performing their duties in six mission areas, including South Sudan and Lebanon, contributing to world peace and common development.


The Chinese Armed Forces sent five military observers to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in April 1990, and since then, has become an active participant in UN peacekeeping operations.


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