The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: China to Deploy 140 Riot Police

The Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has announced the deployment of a 140-member riot police to Liberia. The officers are coming to Liberia to build roads and bridges in continuation of peace keeping operation in the country.

The decision was announced last week at the reception for the 86th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). The Chinese Government through its Defense Attaché to Liberia, Senior Colonel Zhao Xizhang said the riot police will join UNMIL mission.

The move comes as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) gradually draws down its peacekeepers in the country.

"Due to the drawdown of UNMIL military forces, given the low number of police officers under the Liberia National Police, China will deploy a 140-member riot police unit to join the UN peace-keeping mission in Liberia in September," the Chinese military personnel said.

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