China outlines billion-dollar support to peacekeeping

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Xi Jinping. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

China has announced a US$1 billion fund to support United Nations peacekeeping and development efforts.

The new fund is one of a series of measures that include a peacekeeping stand-by force and US$100 million worth of military assistance to the African Union.

President Xi Jinping made the announcements during his address at the UN General Assembly on Monday.

Dianne Penn reports.

President Xi said his country will establish a 10-year, US$1 billion China-UN Peacekeeping Fund to support the organization's work in multilateralism and development.

China will also set up a permanent police squad and 8,000 –strong stand-by force as part of a new UN peacekeeping readiness system.

"I also wish to announce that China will provide a total of US$100 million of free military assistance to the African Union in the next five years to support the establishment of the African Stand-by Force and the African capacity for immediate response to crisis."

President Xi also called for the international community to create what he described as "a sound global eco-environment" that respects and protects nature.

He said China will shoulder its responsibility in pursuing green, low carbon development.

The President urged developed countries to, in his words, "fulfil their historic responsibility, honour their emission reduction commitments and help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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