Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi listens to US President Donald Trump address a UN Security Council meeting during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, Sept. 26, 2018. /VCG Photo
Five days before Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended a high-level meeting on peacekeeping at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, a team of Chinese troops left for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The team, comprising of 100 engineering and medical soldiers, departed at 3 a.m. from Urumqi, the capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sept. 20.
They are on a one-year peacekeeping mission about 8,500 kilometers away from their home.
The meeting Wang attended during the 73rd Session of UN General Assembly was on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P), where he proposed improving the UN peacekeeping operations.
Those soldiers are the first group of the 22nd batch of peacekeepers China has dispatched to the DRC.
Without troops of its own, the UN relies on member states to provide security force to fulfill peacekeeping operations and maintain world peace.
The UN has faced challenges in its peacekeeping efforts including having its personnel be accused of committing sexual abuse. In late July, it received 70 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation against UN and non-UN personnel during peacekeeping missions throughout the second quarter of this year.
These are being responded to more quickly and more support is being provided for victims, and the UN is now more effective in seeking justice, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in September, in response to those allegations.