Pakistan participates in first multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted by China

Apart from Pakistan, two more Asian countries participated in the exercise.

Pakistani soldiers are seen taking part in the China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise on the outskirts of Zhumadian, Henan province, China, on the 15th of September, 2021. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
Pakistani soldiers are seen taking part in the China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise on the outskirts of Zhumadian, Henan province, China, on the 15th of September, 2021. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Pakistan participated in the first multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted by China.

The peacekeeping drill demonstrated China’s military might and portrayed a shift away from western hegemony.

The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Apart from Pakistan, Thailand and Mongolia also joined the Chinese armed forces for a 10-day exercise dubbed “Shared Destiny 2021.”

The peacekeeping exercise was held at the military base in the Henan province’s Queshan county in China.

The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action. (Xinhua News)
The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action. (Xinhua News)

It is pertinent to note that China’s defense spending is the second-largest worldwide, after the United States (U.S.).

Tensions between the U.S. and China have seen the East Asian country pouring trillions of yuan (Chinese currency) to modernize its military.

The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action.
The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action.

The Senior Chinese Colonel, Lu Jianxin, informed journalists present at the base that the peacekeeping drill shows the East Asian country’s willingness to support a “multilateral system centered on the United Nations (UN).”

The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action. (Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua)

It is pertinent to note that soldiers wore blue UN helmets during the drill.

The armored vehicles, bulldozers, helicopters, and tanks bore the UN logo as well and this demonstrated that the drill was focused around the theme of the UN.

The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action.
The first-ever China-hosted multinational UN peacekeeping military exercise in action.

During the peacekeeping drill, the soldiers took turns to play their roles in various scenarios.

These included several scenarios, such as civilians and refugees caught up in a brawl or equipped militants attacking UN forces.


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