A Force for Peace: Love Knows No Bound­ary

Beijing (English) - - A FORCE FOR PEACE - Trans­lated by Pu Songlin, Zhou Fu­jing Edited by Roberta Raine, Roger Brad­shaw, Mark Zuiderveld Trans­lated by Li Xia Pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld

With solid progress made in modernising the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA), Chi­nese ser­vice per­son­nel are em­brac­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in a more con­fi­dent, open and proac­tive man­ner. More Chi­nese ser­vice­men are en­gaged in global ef­forts. China has do­nated emer­gency re­lief sup­plies to coun­tries such as In­dia af­fected by tsunamis, the United States hit by Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, Pak­istan rocked by earth­quake, and the Philip­pines hit by the land­slide. The Chi­nese army have also played their due part in in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief ef­forts in coun­tries thou­sands miles away. In global hotspots and coun­tries and re­gions in­flicted by these con­flicts, China’s blue-hel­met troops, emerged as brave and ca­pa­ble forces. They shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­stowed to the Chi­nese Army and rep­re­sent a force for world peace.

Chi­nese mil­i­tary per­son­nel are never ab­sent in such scenes as United Na­tions (UN) Peace­keep­ing, in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, over­seas es­cort, joint ex­er­cises and train­ing with for­eign armed forces, and friendly mil­i­tary vis­its, where they are ex­em­plary of a peace­ful force.

China has al­ways sought to ex­tend help be­yond its ter­ri­tory when needed. With the de­sire for peace deeply rooted in Chi­nese cul­ture, the PLA has al­ways been a staunch force for world peace and re­gional sta­bil­ity. On the oc­ca­sion to cel­e­brate the 70th an­niver­sary of the vic­tory of Chi­nese Peo­ple’s War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion (1931–1945) in 2015, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged the PLA to de­liver their sa­cred mis­sion of safe­guard­ing home­land se­cu­rity, en­sur­ing that peo­ple live in peace and main­tain­ing world peace. Cher­ish­ing this mis­sion, the Chi­nese army are go­ing global ever more unswerv­ingly. Chi­nese war­ships have evicted pi­rates amid the rough sea in the Gulf of Aden; Chi­nese mil­i­tary per­son­nel built bridges, roads and other in­fra­struc­tures in Libya; the army worked to main­tain com­bat readi­ness and bring peace to Gao in the Repub­lic of Mali. Chi­nese ser­vice­men keep guard in the scorch­ing heat, which gets as high as 40 Cel­sius de­grees, in Juba, South Sudan.

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