140 Chinese Riot Police Due

The Chinese Government will deploy a 140-member riot Police unit to join the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in September 2013.  Accordingly, those to be deployed were selected from field officers in the northeast China’s Heilongjiang province and passed the examination of the United Nations on July 7, 2013, after three months of special training.

Sen. Col. Zhao Xizhange, Chinese Defense Attache to Liberia made the disclosure last Wednesday night at celebration marking the 86th Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese People’s Liberation held at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town.

Sen. Col. Xizhange said “as the drawdown of UNMIL military forces, given the low number of police officers under LNP, China will deploy a 140-member riot police unit to join the UN peace-keeping Mission in Liberia in September.” Sen. Col. Xizhange said this will be the first time china has sent a FPU to Africa.

The Chinese military officer said during his vocation in Beijng, he witnessed their drills of Very Important Persons (VIP) protection, anti riot and Chinese martial arts performance.

Sen. Col. Xizhange said they are very skillful, well-trained and expressed the belief that their presence will further strengthen Liberia’s security.

He further said on 28th July, 2013, the 14th and 15th Chinese peacekeeping contingents to Liberia finished troops’ rotation smoothly, saying “ever since 2003, China has sent 15 batches of more than 7,000 troops, 110 military observers and staff officers, and 170 police officers to UNMIL.”

Further recounting the efforts made by the Chinese in keeping peace in Liberia, Sen. Col. Xizhange said “they have transported 220,000 personnel and 280,000 tons of materials, mended roads 6,100 kilometers and treated patients 35,000.”

On behalf of Chinese National Defense Ministry and Chinese Army, he expressed his sincere appreciation to the Chinese peacekeepers for their contributions to the peace and stability of Liberia.

He also extended sincere thanks to the Liberian government and people for their support rendered to Chinese peacekeepers, and special thanks to the Special Representative of UN Secretary General and UNMIL for their excellent leadership and guidance which have enabled the Chinese units to have successfully carried out their missions.

Touching on China’s commitment to world peace, Sen. Col. Xizhange said as a responsible country, China will continue to follow the path of peaceful development, and will continue to shoulder its international obligations, and contribute more to world peace and development.

“We are glad to see, under the leadership of H. E. Madam President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and with the help of international community, Liberia is firmly on her way of recovery and transformation,” he added.

Sen. Col. Xizhange said as a reliable partner, China will further enhance comprehensive cooperation with Liberia, based on the principle of mutual respect and mutual benefit.

He said China will do more to support Liberia to realize her national objectives, or “Liberia’s Dream”.

He said China always sticks to peacefully settling international disputes and resolving problems with neighboring countries through dialogue, noting that China’s security and development are closely connected with the peace and prosperity of the world as a whole.

He said China’s Armed Forces has always been a staunch force upholding world peace and regional stability, and will continue to increase cooperation and mutual trust with the armed forces of other countries, participate in regional and international security affairs, and play an active role in international political and security fields.

“China will continue to pursue a dream of peace and stay firmly on the path of peaceful development and will actively fulfill its due international obligations and firmly promote peaceful and common development.

On China’s connection with other armies of the world, Sen. Col. Xizhange said China has had military contacts with more than 150 countries and exchanges about 400 visits every year with foreign military delegations.

“As for China’s contribution to UN peacekeeping operations, China has so far dispatched 22,000 peacekeepers, making it the biggest peacekeeper contributing country among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council,” the Chinese Military officer said.

He said China has also dispatched the biggest number of support teams among the 115 troop contributing countries to the UN, and contributes the largest share of UN peacekeeping costs among all developing countries.

Sen. Col Xizhange also disclosed that China will send about 400 engineering, medical and security personnel this year to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.

“It will be the 24th UN peacekeeping operation China participates in and the largest peacekeeping deployment by China, the Chinese Navy has sent 14 escort formations to provide security for 600 batches of 5,227 Chinese and foreign vessels. The PLA will forever be a staunch force for world peace and regional stability,” he added.

He said China has vowed to continue its assistance to Liberia in all forms and recently, China donated several items to the government in the areas of education, agriculture, health.

“Since the country returned to peace and stability, China has been a close friend in putting you on your feet. Just as we say “a friend in need is a friend indeed”. I’m very glad to see the Sino-Liberian military relation has been developing steadily. Ever since 2004, through mutual military exchanges and cooperation, Chinese Ministry of National Defense has provided nearly 10 million dollars worth of military assistance and 171 training slots,” Sen. Col. Xizhange said.

Making remarks at the celebration, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai lauded the support of the PLA to the restructuring of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Minister Samukai said China’s military co-operation with Liberia is modest and significant.

The outspoken Minister said such cooperation is facilitated through high-level political and military delegations visiting between the two countries, military exchanges and the seconding of defense attaches at their various embassies.

Minister Samukai said the content of the military co-operation includes logistical support, military infrastructure and training for the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Minister Samukai noted that China’s commitment to supporting and training of Liberia’s armed forces to develop their technical, tactical and administrative capabilities is positive and should continue; reports Timothy T. Seaklon.