From: Harris, Gardiner [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 04:40 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP; Velz, Peter T. EOP
Subject: Chinese promises on peacekeeping, Pool report 12
Chinese President Xi Jinping made some of the boldest promises of increased support for UN peacekeeping at the conference here.
Here is fairly close transcription of his translated remarks:
"I thereby announce that, number one, china will join the new UN peacekeeping capability readiness system and has thus decided to take the lead in setting up a permanent peacekeeping police squad. And building a peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops.
Second, china will give favorable consideration to UN requests for more Chinese engineering soldiers and transport and medical staff to take part in UN peacekeeping operations.
Third, in the coming 5 years, China will train 2,000 peacekeepers from other countries and carry out 10 demining assistance programs which will include training and equipping provisions..
Fourth, in the coming five years, china will provide free military aid of $100 million to the African Union to support the building of the African standby force and the African capacity for immediate response to crises.
Fifth, China will send the first peacekeeping helicopter squad to UN peacekeeping operations in Africa."
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