Monday, July 11, 2016

Hey China. We feel your pain...

When China sent its soldiers to South Sudan for a peace keeping mission it looked like a USMC deployment.  They loaded up the buses at night, the gear was stacked on transports and unit pics were taken....not quite a celebration but more like a "ready to get it done attitude".

The flip side of that is always depressing.  via China Defense Blog.
UBA, July 11 (ChinaMil) -- Two UN peacekeepers from China, namely Li Lei and Yang Shupeng, were killed and five others were injured on July 10 when their armored vehicle was hit by a shell during a mission in Juba, capital of South Sudan, according to China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday.
The incident happened at 18:39, July 10, local time, when South Sudanese government and anti-government forces continued to exchange fire in Juba.
The armored vehicle of the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion was performing the guard tasks in a refugee camp at the headquarters of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), when it was suddenly attacked by a shell.
Two were severely injured and three suffered minor injuries during the attack, the Information Office of the MND said.
The Chinese military is deeply astonished and strongly condemns the attack, said the Information Office of the MND in a statement, expressing deep condolences to the victims and their families.
After the occurrence of the incident, the Chinese military immediately initiated an emergency-response mechanism, and the Chinese peacekeeping detachment to the country has done its best to save the wounded and further strengthened its safety and guard measures to ensure security.
Below are pics of the attack.

I think we're going to see a quick learning curve.  Those buildings will be hardened and they'll take other protective steps for their forces.

China is a competitor nation and most of the time I'd gloat when bad stuff happens.  Not on this one.  We feel your pain.  Welcome to the club Red Dragon.

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