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DATE=9/16/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CHINA / PEACEKEEPERS (L-O) NUMBER=2-253946 BYLINE=STEPHANIE HO DATELINE=BEIJING CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Although Chinese soldiers will not be taking part in the United Nations peacekeeping force in East Timor, China says it will send civilian police to help with the U-N mission. V-O-A's Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing. TEXT: At a regular briefing Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi repeated his government's support for United Nations involvement in trying to resolve the East Timor crisis. Mr. Sun -- speaking through an interpreter - added China is sending civilian police to help with the peacekeeping forces. // SUN / INTERPRETER / ACTUALITY // We have already made a decision and the relevant departments are now making positive preparation for that. As for the exact time and size of this team, I am not in the position to disclose the details.' // END ACTUALITY // Mr. Sun pointed out this will not be the first time China has taken part in international peacekeeping efforts. In the early 1990's, 450 Chinese served under the U-N flag in Cambodia. // SUN INTERPRETER ACTUALITY // China sent a certain engineering troop and military observers to Cambodia to participate in the mission there. // END ACTUALITYU // The spokesman said Beijing's willingness to help is based on the U-N Security Council's decision to act in East Timor. For this mission, the United Nations is compiling a mostly-Asian peacekeeping force. (signed) NEB/HO/wd 16-Sep-1999 09:30 AM EDT (16-Sep-1999 1330 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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