China plans to send an engineering unit to Sudan as part of a planned UN
deployment to bolster the African Union peacekeeping force in the Darfur region,
the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
The detachment would help implement the "Annan peace plan", which proposes
putting UN forces alongside African Union forces already in Darfur, spokeswoman
Jiang Yu told a news conference.
"China is willing to work with the rest of the international community for
peace and stability in Darfur at an early date," Jiang said.
current circumstances, the parties concerned should keep pushing forward the
political process in Darfur and phase in the Annan plan, instead of taking any
action to escalate the situation," she said
Jiang did not give any specifics about numbers or the date of the deployment.
But Washington said on Monday that Beijing would send about 300 engineers for
the "hybrid" force to try to halt the violence, which the United Nations says
has killed about 200,000 people and displaced some 2.5 million since 2003.
"We see this as a positive development, and we appreciate China's
contribution in the international effort to stop the violence in Darfur," US
State Department press officer Gonzalo Gallegos said on Monday.
The UN Security Council in August approved a "hybrid" force of more than
20,000 troops and police to be deployed in Darfur.
Sudan agreed recently to a "heavy support package" for the African Union
troops in Darfur that would include some 3,500 military and police personnel.
Responding to question on weapons sales to African countries, Jiang said
China had always taken a prudent and responsible attitude on arms exports, only
exporting weapons to sovereign countries rather than other entities or
China also requires importing countries to identify the final intended use of
the weapons, and requests them not to transfer imported weapons to third
countries, she said.
China strictly abides by UN resolutions and has never exported weapons to
countries and regions on which the UN has imposed arms embargoes, she said,
adding the amount of China's arms exports to Africa was quite limited.
Agencies contributed to this story