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China to dispatch third batch of peacekeeping force to South Sudan

By Zhang Zhihao | | Updated: 2016-12-03 09:05

China's third batch of peacekeeping infantry battalion would head to Juba region in South Sudan beginning on Sunday, China Defense Ministry said.

The battalion, consisting 700 personnel, would arrive in South Sudan on United Nation aircraft in six separate deployments, the ministry said.

The battalion, composed mainly of personnel from the 54th Army Group, will include infantry, armor, artillery, engineers, special units, communication divisions.

Of the 700 personnel, 138 have previous peacekeeping experience, and 166 have been awarded Third-Class Merit or above.

The battalion also includes a 13 personnel female unit to undertake humanitarian mission and protect women and children's rights.

It would be stationed in the Juba region in South Sudan, providing civilian protection, humanitarian aid and rescue, patrol and defense.

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