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China active in mine-field problem

CHINA has trained about 300 deminers, and overseen clearance of more than 200,000 square meters of mine fields for foreign countries over 10 years, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A press release from the ministry's department of arms control said a demining training course for Afghanistan and Iraq was concluded in Nanjing City, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, yesterday.

It said 38 people from Afghanistan and Iraq took the two-month course at the University of Science and Technology of the People's Liberation Army in Nanjing.

China will donate mine detection and demining equipment to the two countries after the training course, the release said.

The course was a "concrete measure" of China in actively taking part in international humanitarian demining.

China would continue to support the efforts of Afghanistan and Iraq to achieve national stability and assist the two countries' economic recovery and social reconstruction, the release said.

In the past 10 years, China has made active contribution to international demining by offering assistance to nearly 20 countries including Eritrea, Thailand and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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