Chinese peacekeepers heading to South Sudan for one-year mission

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KUNMING, CHINA - MAY 17: The first batch of peacekeepers of the 17th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon checks in before leaving for a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission at Changshui International Airport on May 17, 2018 in Kunming, Yunan Province of China. 410 Chinese peacekeepers will take over the responsibility of the 16th Chinese peacekeeping force and perform a one-year mission abroad. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: KUNMING, CHINA – MAY 17: The first batch of peacekeepers of the 17th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon checks in before leaving for a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission at Changshui International Airport on May 17, 2018 in Kunming, Yunan Province of China. 410 Chinese peacekeepers will take over the responsibility of the 16th Chinese peacekeeping force and perform a one-year mission abroad. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

A contingent of 240 Chinese peacekeepers left Zhangjiakou for a one-year mission in South Sudan.

The contingent constitutes the first batch of a 700-member peacekeeping infantry battalion dispatched by China.

They will be tasked with guarding, patrolling, escorting, isolating conflicts, restoring orders, recusing and other security missions.

All members of the battalion have undergone a three-month training session designed on the basis of the security situations in South Sudan and have passed a test, said Han Tao, the battalion commander.

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