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China says 8,000-strong UN peacekeeping standby force ready

AP  |  Beijing 

says it has assembled a standby force of thousands of peacekeepers, furthering its leading role in the global body's efforts to tamp down conflicts worldwide.

told reporters Thursday that the 8,000-member force had passed an assessment last month approved by UN for Peacekeeping Operations

That fulfils a pledge made at the U.N. three years ago by Chinese

provides the most peacekeepers of any permanent member and is the second-largest contributor to the operations' multi-billion dollar budget, at slightly over 10 per cent.

Ren says has also trained more than 1,500 peacekeepers from more than a dozen countries.

The UN currently runs 15 peacekeeping missions, the bulk of them in

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:00 IST