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China to send 700 combattroops to South Sudan
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China to send 700 combattroops to South Sudan

Deploymentmarks shift in Africa policy and will be first Chinese infantry battalion totake part in a UN peacekeeping mission China is to send 700 combat troops to SouthSudan in what analysts describe as a significantshift from its stated policy of non-interference in Africanconflicts.
The first Chinese infantry battalion totake part in a UN peacekeeping mission will be equipped with drones, armouredcarriers, antitank missiles, mortars and other weapons, “completely forself-defence purpose”, state mediareported.


China is Africa’s biggest trade partner buthas taken an arm’s length approach to the continent’s myriad of political andmilitary disputes. But it has been unusually proactive in diplomaticefforts to pacify South Sudan, where it has invested heavily butwhere civil war has slashed oil production by a third.

RichardPoplak, an author and journalist studying Beijing’s influence on thecontinent, said: “This does seem to announce a new era in the way China isengaging with Africa. It runs contrary to China’s foreign policy of, ‘We don’tinterfere’. It’s an enormous renunciation of that.”


Poplak, who has visited 18 Africancountries including South Sudan for a forthcoming book, added: “It comes downto interest. The Chinese have poured billions and billions into South Sudan, so manyresources that it’s almost baffling. This is a shift in realpolitik: you can’tjust talk all the time and not carry a big stick. The Chinese have realisedthat.”


China is the biggestcontributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN securitycouncil and currently has more than 2,000 posted around the world. But nearlyall are engineers, medical and transport workers and security guards.

Poplak said it has previously sent smallcontingents of elite troops to Mali and South Sudan to guard its personnel butthat the new infantry battalion would be of a different order.


However, China would still have far lessmilitary presence in Africa than other major powers, at least for the timebeing, he said. “I don’t think they will be anything as visible or machinelikeas France or America but they’ve realised that as well as white hats they needblue hats.“It’s not possible for anyone here oranyone in Beijing to say where this ends. It’s a precedent and any precedent isa dangerous precedent.”


A rally for the departing Chinese battalionwas held on Monday in the city of Laiyang, Shandong province, according to theofficial Xinhua news agency. An initial contingent of 180 soldiers will fly toSouth Sudan next month, with the rest of the battalion following in March.“The 700-strong infantry battalion included121 officers and 579 soldiers. Forty-three members have participated inpeacekeeping missions before. An infantry squad composed of 13 female soldierswill participate in a peacekeeping mission for the first time,” Xinhuareported.


The UN has more than 11,000 peacekeepers inSouth Sudan,which became independent from Sudan in 2011. Oil accounts for morethan 90% of the new country’s foreign revenues.Fightingbroke out in December last year when President Salva Kiir accusedhis sacked deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup. The fighting in thecapital, Juba, set off a cycle of retaliatory massacres across large swaths ofSouth Sudan, claiming thousands of lives and pushing the country to the brinkof famine. Oil-producing regions have endured some of the worst violence.


The state-owned China National PetroleumCorporation (CNPC) said last Sunday it had signed a deal with the government inJuba to increase production. The CNPC said it would use heavy oil recoverytechnologies in “stabilising and increasing crude output”.

On Monday, Ethiopia’s prime minister,Hailemariam Desalegn, said South Sudan’sleaders could face punitive sanctions from their neighbours as a“last resort” if peace talks fail to end the war. Negotiations in Addis Ababahave led to several ceasefire deals but each has been violated within hours.


A 2011 reportby the NGO Saferworld found that, despite its stated neutrality,China is gradually using diplomatic means to push for the resolution of certainconflicts. It also said the Asian power is becoming a major supplier ofconventional arms to African states and has increased its contributions to UNpeacekeeping missions twentyfold since 2000, with the majority based in Africa.


This isa piece of ingenuous propaganda, isn’t it? These are clearly UN peace keepers,aren’t they?


Arethese troops “combatant” or “peacekeeper”? Depends on whatkind of propaganda one wishes to convey. But what really makes me sad is TheGuardian is supposed to be free and objective media, not state sponsored media.


Thelooming war between the civilised world and China will be won and lost in Africa.That’s were China’s resources have to be choked off.


Chinahas a non-interference policy in African conflicts.
Too badthey do not have a policy against starting conflicts in Africa.


Ipreferred China’s military when it stayed on the other side of the planet.
Likethem less when they’re active all over the world.


It’s allabout oil baby!


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