The engineer corps brigade, the first batch of Chinese
peacekeepers to Sudan's Darfur region, was established in Zhengzhou on
The brigade, composed of 315 engineer corps personnel of Beijing
and east China's Jinan military commands of the Chinese People's
Liberation Army, will be charged with bridge construction, water
source exploring and road maintenance.
The Sudanese government earlier this month approved UN Security
Council Resolution 1769 on a 26,000-strong "hybrid" peacekeeping
force to be jointly conducted by both the UN and the African Union
in Sudan's western region of Darfur.
China has contributed more than 7,000 peacekeepers to UN
peacekeeping operations since 1990.
They have built more than 7,300 kilometers of roads and 200
bridges, treated 28,000 patients, performed more than 230 surgical
operations, and cleared over 7,500 explosives.
(Xinhua News Agency August 18, 2007)