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Chinese peacekeepers patrol around the perimeter of UN House in Juba on 27 January 2016 (UNMISS Photo)

October 2, 2017 (JUBA) - Chinese peacekeepers serving the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been honoured for their exemplary service to the war-torn nation.

The third Chinese Peacekeeping Battalion received their medals at a ceremony that was held in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Monday.

Speaking at the occasion, the UN deputy special representative of the Secretary-General, Moustapha Soumare lauded the "dedication, commitment and professionalism" of the Chinese troops.

"The role and contribution of female officers is especially crucial in a place like South Sudan by making uniformed personnel more accessible to the most vulnerable civilians," said Soumare.

According to the top UN official, 13 members of the contingent were women, highlighting the impact of female officers in peacekeeping.

Soumare, however, encouraged the various troop-contributing countries to further strengthen the participation of women in uniform.

Since the deployment of the battalion in December 2016, the Chinese contingent has carried out missions including patrolling at the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site near the UN base, in Juba and along dangerous and damaged roads to reach vulnerable people.

The commanding officer of the Chinese battalion, Ding Hailong expressed gratitude to UNMISS for their continued support in helping the Chinese peacekeepers, also known as CHNBATT, fulfil their mandate. He commended the UN mission for its consolidated efforts towards building a durable peace in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, He Xiangdong said he was hopeful that the assistance to the people of South Sudan by CHNBATT will contribute towards a positive image of both UN peacekeepers and the Chinese army.

For nearly 30 years, however, China has reportedly contributed more than 30,000 UN peacekeepers to 24 different missions.

South Sudan’s civil war broke out in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. A peace deal signed in August 2015 led to the formation of a coalition government but was again devastated by fresh violence that broke out in July last year.

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  • 3 October 2017 06:20, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Chinese are the hard working folks in the world 🌍, I wish they take that to South Sudan, n 🚂 train people to be like them, If you have ever worked with Chinese, I believe you should know this, that is why their country is leading in commodities, Everything made in china

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    • 3 October 2017 07:10, by Eastern

      On the hardworking bit, I partly agree with you. Chinese employers are only entitled to the International Labour day as the only holiday. Since most Chinese companies pay some bribes to "leaders" in African countries, they freely circumvent national labour laws thus enslaving their employees on the job..!

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  • 3 October 2017 08:26, by lou nuer

    They are doing nothing in the protection of Civilians by the way.Like fighting in July they just run out of their stationed and hidden themselves away leaving Civilian die alone there. Only that they contribute worldwide but are useless in action cann’t defend civilain whenever SPLA attack the UNMISS.

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    • 3 October 2017 10:55, by Kush Natives

      lou nuer,
      Their safety is #1. Why would they for the sake useless brains. They have their loved ones in their own country who they care for. You MUST form a Nuer United nations that will offer a robots army that will not hide when there’s an attack. A song U.N. peace keeps are getting their pay checks, they are free to stay regardless of your babycry!

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