CHANGCHUN, May 19 (ChinaMil) -- 195 officers and soldiers, the first echelon of the 4th Chinese peacekeeping force to Mali departed from Changchun in northeast China’s Jilin Province on May 18 and flew to Gao, a city in West Africa's Mali to perform 12 month-long UN peacekeeping missions there.
The 4th Chinese peacekeeping force to Mali, totaling 395 members, consists of a detachment of guards, a detachment of engineers and a detachment of medical workers. The soldiers in the detachments of guards and engineers are from the PLA's 16th Combined Corps while the medical workers are from the former General Hospital of Shenyang Military Area Command.
Since its establishment on April 8, the three detachments have been carrying out training in accordance with their tasks in the mission area.
In recent years, Mali has witnessed mushrooming armed factions and frequent terrorist attacks. The security situation in Mali is grim. Therefore, the 4th Chinese peacekeeping force has made full preparations with improved action plans for ten aspects including barracks defense, guard and patrol, assistance and counterattack.
"We have confidence in accomplishing the mission despite the complicated situations," said Sun Yu, a commanding officer of the 4th Chinese peacekeeping force to Mali.