n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - China's peacekeepers in Mali : why the Chinese committed forces - : Africa-wide - featured analysis

Volume 2013, Issue 08
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In late April, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) authorised a UN force consisting of 11,200 military personnel and 1,440 international police to be deployed to Mali on 1 July 2013. China, a country with significant regional interests, was amongst the first nations to volunteer its military forces to the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali). On 12 July, a 395-strong People's Liberation Army (PLA) force assembled in Harbin, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, in preparation for deployment. The PLA force, which includes engineering, medical and guard teams, will be deployed in two batches at the end of July and the beginning of September, respectively. Beijing's willingness to support MINUSMA is consistent with its previous deployments in the arena of peacekeeping. The Mali deployment will mark China's 30th UN peacekeeping mission since it started dispatching peacekeepers in 1989.

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