|Wang Yi: China firmly supports UN peacekeeping operations and has always taken an active part in them|
On September 26, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, when speaking at the High-level Meeting on UN Peacekeeping, said that China firmly supports UN peacekeeping operations and has always taken an active part in them.
Wang Yi pointed out that China, a developing country as it is, is now the sixth largest contributor of UN peacekeeping funding among all member states, and the largest among developing countries. China is also the largest contributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the Security Council. It has sent over 25,000 peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping missions. More than 2,100 Chinese peacekeepers are on their posts safeguarding peace in conflict zones.
Wang Yi highlighted that in the future, China will give continued, strong support to UN peacekeeping operations and will expand its involvement. China will send a 700-strong infantry battalion to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This will be the first Chinese infantry battalion to participate in a peacekeeping mission. China is considering sending helicopters to the UN Peacekeeping Operation. China is ready to send more civilian policemen, including forensic experts and criminal detectives, to peacekeeping operations. China will continue to support, to the extent of its ability, efforts to strengthen peacekeeping capacity building of African countries, including the establishment of African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC). China now operates a Peacekeeping Center of the Ministry of National Defense and a China Peacekeeping Police Training Center (CPPTC). China looks forward to hosting more training activities in these two centers.
Wang Yi stressed that peacekeeping is the unchanged commitment of China and the mission that China keeps fighting for. China's development leads to further growth of the force for peace. A prosperous and strong China will make more active and important contribution to world peace. We could well foresee that more and more Chinese troops will put on the sacred Blue Helmet and discharge their mission to bring the hope of peace to places in the world where it is wanted and needed.