United Nations Peacekeeping

China to send more than 500 troops to Mali to contain Islamist militants

A PLA officer at a peacekeeping training centre. Photo: Reuters

China has offered to send more than 500 soldiers to the UN force seeking to contain Islamist militants in Mali in what would be its biggest contribution to UN peacekeeping, diplomats said in New York.

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 8:58am

Ambush in South Sudan leaves 12 UN peacekeepers and staff dead

Five Indian peacekeepers and at least seven United Nations civilian staff were killed yesterday in an ambush in South Sudan, officials said, a day after warnings about spiralling violence.

10 Apr 2013 - 4:06am

Briefs, March 10, 2013

Hagel aboard a helicopter on his Afghanistan trip. Photo: AFP

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was arrested in London for breaching his bail terms, days before the British government begins an appeal against a court decision blocking his deportation to Jordan. 

10 Mar 2013 - 7:31am

America draws back from interventionism

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew to Baghdad last week to witness the last of American combat forces in Iraq furl their colours and prepare to leave after nearly 10 years of battle.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese peacekeepers' deaths were not in vain

The eight Chinese peacekeepers killed in last Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti were well aware that peacekeeping is a dangerous job. They had been trained to deal with civil unrest, tropical diseases and natural disasters.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing takes bigger role in conflict zones

The mainland regained China's seat at the United Nations in 1971, but it did not send troops to participate in peacekeeping missions until 1989.

Since then, China has come a long way, from simply sending military observers to deploying a self-contained unit of 350 troops to Sudan in 2005, according to foreign policy and military analysts.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Rising peacekeeper role burnishes China's image

The United Nations-African Union force sent to protect civilians from Arab militias in Sudan's Darfur is in trouble. Last July, the Security Council approved sending 19,555 troops by December 31. Barely half the troops have arrived. Among those making good on their commitments is China, albeit sending only three soldiers.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The Chinese peacekeepers

A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines

The death of a People's Liberation Army soldier in southern Lebanon last week highlighted China's increased participation in United Nations peacekeeping forces.

How long has China been part of the UN's peacekeeping missions?

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Chinese team to take body back

China's state-run news agency yesterday said Chinese authorities have sent a team of six people to escort the body of a PLA officer killed in Lebanon back to China.

Xinhua reported the officer's wife, Li Lingling , was travelling with the team.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Peacekeepers struggle to achieve mission impossible

Latin American nations leading the operation blame a lack of urgency from aid donors

Representatives from all 15 members of the UN Security Council visited Haiti last week to evaluate a peacekeeping mission that has come under fire for failing to slow continuing violence or rehabilitate the government's tarnished institutions.

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Debtor US in danger of losing vote

The United States must pay the United Nations US$350 million (HK$2.7 billion) more than the US$200 million already appropriated by Congress for back dues to avoid being stripped of its vote in the UN General Assembly, the organisation's chief financial officer said.

7 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

US threat darkens UN anniversary

AS the United Nations celebrates past glories this week, its future is overshadowed by a crisis of self-confidence and financial problems.

25 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Rethinking the role of peacekeeping

THE world is outraged that the Bosnian Serbs should have kidnapped unarmed United Nations observers and taken them hostage. But the surprise is that the hostage-taking - and the unprecedented battle between French and Serbian forces yesterday - are not everyday occurrences in the Bosnian war.

28 May 1995 - 12:00am

UN has many major weaknesses

DISPUTES and crises in the contemporary world threaten international peace. There are civil wars in Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda and Yemen, and there is the nuclear crisis in North Korea.

18 Jun 1994 - 12:00am