The photo taken on Jan. 4, 2016 shows the belted troops of the first Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion at a ceremony held in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong province at which the battalion was conferred the honorary title of "Model Battalion for International Peacekeeping" by the higher authority. (www.81.cn/Chen Jie)
JINAN, Jan. 6 (ChinaMil) -- The first Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion was conferred on Monday the honorary title of "Model Battalion for International Peacekeeping" by the higher authority . The 700 troops of the battalion are mainly from a motorized infantry brigade of the 26th Combined Corps of the PLA Army.
Deployed to the mission area in Juba, South Sudan in early 2015, the battalion took on a number of peacekeeping missions such as patrolling in urban areas of Juba, keeping watching and vigil around the UN House, protecting the refugee camps, providing escort for important officials, conducting long-distance patrol and establishing temporary operational base, performing armed escort for UN convoys, defending residence of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
During the mission period, the battalion fulfilled 4,257 various tasks, dealt with more than 20 emergencies including refugee camp riots and armed conflicts. All the 700 peacekeepers of the battalion were awarded the UN Honorary Medal of Peace, and among them, 28 officers and men won the UNMISS Force Commander's Special Award.