June 27, 2013 2:14 pm
China commits combat troops to Mali
By Kathrin Hille in Beijing
China has publicly committed combat troops on a UN peacekeeping mission for the first time, marking a big shift in Beijing’s foreign policy.
Having close to 1,900 personnel deployed as of December last year, China is already the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions among the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council. But Beijing has long shied away from sending combat troops.
The first group of 395 are recon elements organic to the 16th Group Army, Shangyang MR.