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China Peacekeepers in South Sudan to Focus on Protecting Civilians, UN Says

A battalion of 700 Chinese soldiers will deploy in South Sudan soon to boost the current U.N. peacekeeper force of about 10,000 in the country, the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Thursday. The deployment is the first-ever of a Chinese infantry battalion to a U.N. peacekeeping mission, UNMISS said. There are already around 350 non-combat personnel from China, including engineers and medics, at the U.N. base in Western Bahr el Ghazal. Although there has been speculation that...

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