Members of the medical detachment of the 20th Chinese peacekeeping force to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa）are greeted with bouquets of flowers at the Lanzhou General Hospital under the PLA Xining Joint Logistics Support Center on Spetember 14, 2017. The first batch of 118 members of the 20th Chinese peacekeeping force to Congo (K）returned to China on Thursday morning. (JZ. 81.CN/Zheng Jilin)
A UN charter plane carrying the 118 Chinese peacekeepers arrived Thursday morning at the Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport in Lanzhou, capital city of northwest China's Gansu Province.
The 20th Chinese peacekeeping force consisting an engineer detachment and a medical detachment with a total of 218 peacekeepers were deployed in the mission area in Congo (K) last September.
In the past 12 months in their mission area in Bukavu, South Kivu province, Congo (K), the Chinese peacekeeping engineers have repaired and maintained 67 kilometers of roads, including the repair of an important strategic road from Kalehe to Minova, completed 45 engineering investigation tasks and 42 construction tasks.
The medical detachment has offered treatment to 1,705 people, fulfilled with flying colors emergency missions such as rescuing lives of 4 Pakistani peacekeepers severely burned in an accident of sudden explosion of gas cans on April 11, and on the next day, giving emergency treatment to 12 soldiers of the Egyptian peacekeeping special operation unit, who were injured in a UN helicopter crash accident.
To commend the outstanding performance of the two Chinese peacekeeping detachments, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) awarded all the 218 members of the 20th Chinese peacekeeping force the UN Peace Medal of Honor on July 27.
The second 100-member echelon of the 20th Chinese peacekeeping force to Congo (K) will return to China on September 20 after completing the task handover with the 21st Chinese peacekeeping force to Congo(K).