China has sent 1,032 peacekeepers military troops made up of medics, engineers and infantrymen to South Sudan; the World’s youngest state that started off on a very rough path of ethnic-fueled violence, civil war and political instability.
China has over the years grown to become Africa leading trading partner. Much to the dislikes of many Western countries, who have faulted China to be all ‘business-as-usual’ with no interest in addressing human rights abuse, war, and political instability among other concerns in the African countries it is trading with.
China has been perceived to be more interested in making deals than any other thing, with critics arguing all deals made favor the Asian economic giant than the given African countries. Well, that perception might be watered down a bit, as blue-helmeted peacekeepers from China began joining the UN peacekeeping mission in war-torn South Sudan in their hundreds.
This mission will also be China’s first ever external peacekeeping operations. It is no secret that South Sudan has quite an amount of oil reserves that China as an industrial powerhouse would be interested in to fuel its economic growth.