UN photo ex­hibit shows PLA’s progress

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By HONG XIAO at the United Na­tions xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The Jour­ney of Glory photo ex­hi­bi­tion opened on Mon­day at UN head­quar­ters in New York to mark the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.

It il­lus­trates 90 years of achieve­ments of the PLA, led by the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party, in its fight for the in­de­pen­dence and lib­er­a­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion; safe­guard­ing the sovereignty, se­cu­rity and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of the coun­try; and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the great cause of build­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char- ac­ter­is­tics, said Ma­jor General Huang Xueping, head of the Mil­i­tary Staff Com­mit­tee of China’s Per­ma­nent Mis­sion to the United Na­tions.

It also shows that the PLA is com­mit­ted to maintaining world peace and sta­bil­ity and con­tin­u­ously demon­strat­ing China’s re­spon­si­bil­ity as a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Huang said.

“In UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions, es­cort mis­sions in the Gulf of Aden, the fight against the Ebola in­fec­tious dis­ease in Africa and in in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief op­er­a­tions, the im­ages of the PLA are ev­ery­where,” Huang said.

The week­long ex­hi­bi­tion is com­posed of more than 60 photographs dis­played on the first floor.

“China plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in the peace and se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture of the United Na­tions, not only as a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, but also as a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial as well as po­lice and troop con­trib­u­tor to UN peace­keep­ing,” said Alexan­der Zuev, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary-general for rule of law and se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions in the UN’s Depart­ment of Peace­keep­ing Op­er­a­tions, or DPKO.

Zuev said that in 2016 and 2017, China was the sec­ond­largest con­trib­u­tor to UN peace­keep­ing’s bud­get from as­sess­ments on mem­bers, after the United States, con­tribut­ing 10.29 per­cent of the to­tal of $7.87 bil­lion.

China is now 12th among 127 mem­ber states in pro­vid­ing troops and po­lice to UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions. China has more than 2,500 mil­i­tary and po­lice per­son­nel de­ployed in nine mis­sions.

“I would like to com­mend Chi­nese peace­keep­ers for their high per­for­mance, dis­ci­pline and op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency dur­ing their ser­vice in UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions,” Zuev said.

Zuev said that at the Lead­ers’ Sum­mit on Peace­keep­ing in 2015, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping

pledged a standby peace­keep­ing force of 8,000 troops and, at the UN Peace­keep­ing De­fense Min­is­te­rial in Sep­tem­ber 2016, China joined five other coun­tries in pledg­ing units de­ploy­able within 60 days.

“DPKO is very grate­ful for China’s in­creased con­tri­bu­tion and con­tin­ued sup­port to UN peace­keep­ing,” said Zuev.

LIAO PAN / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

Ma­jor General Huang Xueping, head of the Mil­i­tary Staff Com­mit­tee of China’s Per­ma­nent Mis­sion to the UN, speaks at the open­ing of the Jour­ney­ofGlory photo ex­hi­bi­tion.

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