China will contribute 8,000 troops to a United Nations peacekeeping standby force, President Xi Jinping has told the UN General Assembly.
That could make the country one of the largest players in UN peacekeeping efforts, Reuters reported.
Xi’s pledge on Monday comes as China is trying to show it is a responsible international player amid concern over its growing military might and territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific region.
During a state visit to Washington on Friday, Xi agreed with US President Barack Obama that both countries would increase their “robust” peacekeeping commitments.
They are among leaders from more than 50 countries who pledged about 30,000 troops, police and equipment or training for UN peacekeeping missions.
“China will join the new UN peacekeeping capability readiness system, and has thus decided to lead in setting up a permanent peacekeeping police squad and build a peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops,” Xi said.
He also said China would provide US$100 million in military assistance to the African Union in the next five years to support the establishment of an African standby force and to boost its capacity for crisis response.
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