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China an active force in humanitarian demining operations

(People's Daily Online)

10:25, October 27, 2012

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said that landmines are the most permanent wound of war, and each mine cleared may mean a life saved. Over the past 20 years, China has actively supported and participated in international humanitarian demining operations, provided related assistance to more than 30 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and greatly helped landmine-laden countries get rid of the destructive legacy of war and rebuild beautiful homes.

This year, China has continued to actively participate in international humanitarian demining efforts, and to help war-torn countries clear landmines.

Eight of 14 severely landmine-laden countries are located in Asia, and Laos is one of them. The large number of cluster bombs dropped on Laos by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s still take their toll on innocent civilians from time to time.

The Chinese and Lao ministries of foreign affairs signed the Memorandum of Understanding on China’s Assistance to Victims of Cluster Bombs in Laos on July 11 this year. China vowed to continue helping the Lao government clear domestic landmines and cluster bombs.

Furthermore, China has not only provided demining equipment to landmine-laden countries in Africa, but also held training courses to train demining talent for these countries, in order to improve their ability to clear landmines.

“China’s demining teachers are great, China’s demining technologies are great, China’s demining devices are great, and the Chinese people’s friendship with the South Sudanese people is great,” a South Sudanese army captain said after taking a one-month international humanitarian demining training course in China.

Read the Chinese version: 国际人道主义扫雷援助:中国在行动, source: PLA Daily, author: Kong Chushan
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