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China to Increase Support for Peacekeeping Operations According to New White Paper

Peacekeeping troops from China, deployed by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba on October 4, 2016. ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN / AFP

China will speak today at the United Nations General Assembly meeting, which is taking place online this year. Peacekeeping will likely be a key topic of discussion for the Chinese given the increasingly prominent role Beijing plays in UN operations around the world, particularly in Africa. 

Currently, Chinese forces are participating in 13 UN peacekeeping operations (PKO) around the world, including 8 in Africa. China contributes more forces to PKOs than any other permanent member of the Security Council and, according to a new white paper released on Friday, it plans to provide more personnel, resources, and funding for peacekeeping operations.

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