Chinese armed forces willing to contribute more to UN peacekeeping and world peace

China Military Online

NITED NATIONS, July 10 (ChinaMil) -- The 2017 Chiefs of Defense Conference of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping troop-contributing countries was held at the UN Headquarters in New York, the U.S. from July 6 to 8, 2017. Chen Guangjun, assistant to the Chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the meeting on behalf of Chief of the Joint Staff Department Gen. Fang Fenghui.

Chen said in his speech at the meeting that China always supports UN peacekeeping operations, China tops the other permanent members of the UN Security Council in the number of peacekeepers it has contributed and ranks the second in the list of fund-contributing countries for UN peacekeeping operations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping systematically expounded the concept of "Building the communities of common destiny for all mankind" in his speech at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in January this year, and further put forward the global governance concept of joint consultation, joint construction and joint sharing at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, China in May, Chen mentioned.

The Chinese military, resolutely implementing the concepts advocated by President Xi Jinping and positively fulfilling the commitment made by President Xi at the UN Peacekeeping Summit in September 2015, is now steadily pushing forward construction of the 8,000-member Chinese peacekeeping standby force, has trained nearly 700 peacekeepers for various countries, dispatched its first peacekeeping helicopter detachment to Sudan, is now discussing with the African Union on making an implementation plan for a $100-million gratuitous military aid, and so on, Chen continued.

Chen said that the Chinese military is willing to strengthen cooperation with various sides in peacekeeping field so as to make more contributions to the world's peace, and at the same time, China supports UN's zero tolerance policy for gender-based violence and backs women to play bigger roles in UN peacekeeping operations.

In light of the current new situations and new challenges, Chen proposed three initiatives, on behalf of the Chinese military, that highlighting UN's leading role in peacekeeping operations, strengthening UN member countries' dominant roles in peacekeeping operations and attaching importance to regional organizations' supporting functions in peacekeeping operations.

Under the theme of "Meeting the Challenges", heads or representatives from militaries of 99 countries as well as the African Union, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) attended the conference.





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