Responding to concerns over its growing military might and territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific region, China's President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday that ''China will never pursue hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence''. Xi also pledged 8,000 troops for a U.N. peacekeeping standby force. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) 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 (September 28). 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. China now provides around 3,000 of the more than 106,500 U.N. troops, police and advisers deployed by all countries, according to August data from the U.N. website, making it the ninth biggest contributor of peacekeeping personnel. Its largest contingent is in South Sudan, where it is has played a growing diplomatic role and is a major investor in the oil industry. Experts have noted that China's expanding peacekeeping role in recent years parallels its desire to expand its military's capabilities farther abroad and could provide valuable logistical and operational experience. Xi tried to allay concerns that his country's growing influence was a threat. "We are committed to peaceful development. No matter how the international landscape may evolve and how strong China may become, China will never pursue hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence," Xi said.