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Why China Is Suddenly Increasing Its Stake in the U.N.’s Troubled Humanitarian Forces

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Why China Is Suddenly Increasing Its Stake in the U.N.’s Troubled Humanitarian Forces

Why China Is Suddenly Increasing Its Stake in the U.N.’s Troubled Humanitarian Forces
Alex Perry
1710 words
16 October 2015
NSWK
Global Edition
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Volume 165, Number 14
English
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China used to disdain the U.N. For the three decades after it joined the Security Council in 1971, it mostly didn’t even bother to vote on whether to approve peacekeeping missions, which it viewed as interference in the sovereign affairs of others. So when President Xi Jinping announced at the U.N. General Assembly session on September 28 that China would overhaul global peacekeeping with 8,000 extra troops and hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding, he not only upstaged President Barack Obama, who was holding his own peacekeeping summit across town at the time, but signaled a new Chinese attitude toward international intervention. Rather than just oppose it, China now wants to remake it.

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