China Offers 500 Troops to UN Mali Force:Envoys

China has offered to send more than 500 soldiers to the UN force seeking to contain Islamist militants in Mali in what would be its biggest contribution to UN peacekeeping. The move could be a bid to overcome tensions with the West over the Syria conflict and to strengthen its relations in Africa, where it is a major buyer of oil and other resources, diplomats and experts said.

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May 23, 2013
Richard Gowan
China, Sub-Saharan Africa