Thursday, 9 April 2015

Chinese combat troops deployed for UN Mission, amid fresh clashes in South Sudan

Chinese combat troops deployed for UN Mission, amid fresh clashes in South SudanKIGALI (TOA) - China has for the first time ever commited to deploy combat troops to strengthen strengthen the military's operations of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan where by the contingent is expected to be equipped with drones, armoured carriers, antitank missiles, mortars and other weapons, for self-defense purpose.

It is said that the advance party of some of the 700-strong Chinese contingent has already arrived in South Sudan where China has invested billions of US dollars especially in the area of oil production which accounts for more than 90% of the foreign revenues for the youngest African country.

Against the backdrop of the raging conflict in South Sudan, a strong delegation headed by the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, visited South Sudan on Feb.8, 2015, whereby they met various actors in the region including representatives of the Ethiopian government which is currently assuming mediation role, and rival South Sudanese officials in the capital city Juba, to discuss means of cementing peace and ending the conflict among southern Sudanese parties.

During the visit, the Chinese delegation has also suggested a roadmap toward reaching a comprehensive settlement in South Sudan, after previous peace negotiations under the mediation of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have led to several ceasefire deals but each has been violated within hours. Read More...


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