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China's Xi says to commit 8,000 troops for UN peacekeeping force

Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China will contribute 8,000 troops for a United Nations peacekeeping standby force, China's President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Xi also said China would provide $100 million in military assistance to the African Union in the next five years to support the establishment of an African standby force and to boost its capacity for crisis response.