China send 120 more peacekeepers to South Sudan

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China has sent another 120 troops to South Sudan as part of a 700-member United Nations peacekeeping force in the country, enshrining its commitment to the troubled young nation.

Once the entire battalion is deployed, they will replace Chinese peacekeepers currently in place, the second battalion to be deployed to South Sudan to protect civilians, U.N. staff and humanitarian workers, conduct patrols and provide security escorts.

South Sudan has been ravaged by war since December 2013. The violence began after President Salva Kiir accused his then deputy Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow his government.

Machar refuted the claims but then he went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.

A peace deal that was signed last year has continually been violated by both factions. Two Chinese peacekeepers died and five other injured in July after their vehicle was struck with a rocket propelled grenade as heavy fighting swept the capital, Juba.

Chine President Xi Jinping last year said China would set up a permanent peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops to be deployed whenever necessary.

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