China’s pragmatic approach to UN peacekeeping
Richard Gowan – Brookings
China’s involvement in United Nations peacekeeping illustrates its commitment to the multilateral system, but its contributions to ‘blue helmet’ missions remain limited. In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping impressed other leaders at the U.N. General Assembly with an offer of 8,000 troops to reinforce the organisation’s operations, however this offer has not materialised; as of June 30 of this year, there are 2,534 Chinese soldiers and police deployed with the U.N. This is 500 hundred fewer than when Xi made his pledge, and only just enough to secure its place among the top ten U.N. personnel contributors.
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