June 10, 2008 (JINAN) – A batch of 142 Chinese peacekeepers left yesterday to Wau, the capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal State left China to take part in the UN Peace Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).
The Chinese troops participate also in another peacekeeping mission for Darfur.
This group was the first batch of the fourth peacekeeping team China sends to the Sudan, the official Xinhua reported.
The fourth team, 435 officers and soldiers in total, has 275 engineers, 100 transport troops and 60 medical staff.
The second and third batches are scheduled to leave for Sudan on June 15 and 20, respectively.
Before their departure, the soldiers underwent intensive training in techniques and English, according to sources with the Jinan Military Command Area.
The fourth peacekeeping team will replace the third team, which was sent last September.