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Published: Nov 18, 2008
China Says No Plan To Send Troops To Afghanistan
by Staff

China is not planning on sending troops to Afghanistan to join the International Security Assistance Force there, state media said on Tuesday.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said last week in New York that it was possible China would send troops to Afghanistan.

"The Chinese government consistently supports efforts of Afghanistan's government and people to maintain stability, promote economic development and realize peaceful reconstruction," state media quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang as saying.

"Except United Nations' peace-keeping operations approved by the UN Security Council, China never sends troops abroad. The media reports about China sending troops to participate in the ISAF in Afghanistan are groundless," he added.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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