China's active peacekeeping role shows rising influence in world affairs: Argentine diplomat

January 2, 2015 10:21 am 

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 2 — China's contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the conflict-torn South Sudan signaled Beijing's growing role in world affairs, Argentina's former ambassador to the UN said.

"China's presence on the international stage is increasingly evident. Its leading role and influence are clearly on the rise in the most diverse corners of the globe," Emilio J. Cardenas said in an article published Wednesday on the daily La Nacion.

Cardenas said China's pledge to send 700 combat troops to help the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan was the clearest sign yet that the Asian giant is taking a more active role in international matters.

Cardenas noted that it's not the first time that china takes part in such peacekeeping missions, but previously the country limited its input mainly to support personnel, such as engineering or medical corps.

The 700-strong battalion includes 121 officers and 579 soldiers. An initial group of 180 soldiers will fly to South Sudan in January and the remaining troops will fly or travel by ship in March.@ As a UN Security Council member, china has contributed the most manpower to peacekeeping missions around the world. (PNA/Xinhua)

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