Chinese military operations other than war (MOOTW) focus on deterring war, resolving conflict, promoting peace, and supporting civil authorities in response to domestic crises.
The non-traditional missions of the Chinese armed forces have evolved as an increasingly used tool of statecraft. China has deployed forces in more than a dozen UN peacekeeping missions, and has committed over 3,000 personnel to UN peacekeeping operations.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) established specialised forces for military operations other than war. Current planning anticipates five specialised groups, including:
- Flood and disaster relief forces;
- Post-earthquake emergency rescue forces;
- Emergency rescue forces for nuclear, chemical and biological disasters;
- Emergency relief force for transportation facilities; and
- International peacekeeping force.
MOOTW have been a subject of study at the National Defence University (NDU), which became a venue for examining the practical experience of equipment utilisation and support. The characteristics, rules, contents and methods of equipment utilisation and support in MOOTW were evaluated.
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Somali pirates, 2009: Naval escort missions in waters off Somalia.
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