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China affirms UN peacekeeping role with multinational drills

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 3 days ago By EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA, Associated Press
United Nations troops from Pakistan take part in the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by Associated Press United Nations troops from Pakistan take part in the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

QUESHAN, China (AP) — China has emphasized its role in United Nations peacekeeping operations with its hosting of multinational exercises that ended Wednesday.

United Nations troops break up fighting in a scenario where participants playing the role of civilians fighting over water resource during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province  Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan): China UN Peacekeeping © Provided by Associated Press China UN Peacekeeping

The 10 day-long drills in the central province of Henan featured around 1,000 troops from China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Thailand.

United Nations troops extract samples of a mock terrorist who surrendered after a failed attack on a United Nations base during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by Associated Press United Nations troops extract samples of a mock terrorist who surrendered after a failed attack on a United Nations base during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

They practiced mounting armed escorts, security patrols, construction of temporary bases, civilian protection and counterterrorism.

United Nations troop tend to a participant playing the role of injured civilian during a scenario where they pacify local civilians fighting over water resource during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by Associated Press United Nations troop tend to a participant playing the role of injured civilian during a scenario where they pacify local civilians fighting over water resource during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese weapons, equipment and facilities were in the forefront throughout the exercises, underscoring the country’s standing as the largest contributor of peacekeeping forces among the seven permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. China has the world’s largest standing military with increasingly sophisticated capabilities to challenge the United States, its main global strategic rival.

Participants playing the role of terrorists attack a United Nations base during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by Associated Press Participants playing the role of terrorists attack a United Nations base during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

In one simulated counterterrorism drill, an explosive-laden vehicle was driven toward a U.N. base while attackers shot at peacekeepers and threw Molotov cocktails. The drill was based on an incident where a Chinese peacekeeping base in Mali came under attack.

United Nations troop from Thailand take part in the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan): China UN Peacekeeping © Provided by Associated Press China UN Peacekeeping

China currently has around 2,500 peacekeepers assigned to eight separate missions.

A participant playing the role of a terrorist surrenders after a failed attack on a United Nations base during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by Associated Press A participant playing the role of a terrorist surrenders after a failed attack on a United Nations base during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The exercise comes on the 50th anniversary of the recognition of the People's Republic as the representative of China at the United Nations, resulting in the expulsion of Taiwan, which Beijing continues to claim as its own territory to be brought under its control by military force if necessary.

United Nations troops from Mongolia take part in the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan): China UN Peacekeeping © Provided by Associated Press China UN Peacekeeping

The drills also come at a time of prolonged tensions between China and India over their disputed border and uncertainty over Afghanistan’s security after U.S. and foreign forces withdrew from the country in August.

Chinese United Nations troop practice sweeping for mines during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by Associated Press Chinese United Nations troop practice sweeping for mines during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Among the other participants in the exercises, Pakistan is a longtime ally of Beijing, while China in recent years has been courting Thailand through investment and military cooperation. Mongolia is sandwiched between China and Russia and is heavily dependent on its southern neighbor to purchase its natural resources.

Chinese soldiers let off signal flares during the Shared Destiny 2021 drill at the Queshan Peacekeeping Operation training base in Queshan County in central China's Henan province Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Peacekeeping troops from China, Thailand, Mongolia and Pakistan took part in the 10 days long exercise that field reconnaissance, armed escort, response to terrorist attacks, medical evacuation and epidemic control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan): China UN Peacekeeping

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