China to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan

The Guardian reports on a recent shift in Chinese foreign policy in regard to conflicts on the African continent:

China is to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan in what analysts describe as a significant shift from its stated policy of non-interference in African conflicts.

The first Chinese infantry battalion to take part in a UN peacekeeping mission will be equipped with drones, armoured carriers, antitank missiles, mortars and other weapons, “completely for self-defence purpose”, state media reported.

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