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Peacekeeping English in China

publication date: Jun 1, 2007
author/source: Richard Taylor
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The Peacekeeping English Project (PEP) has been around for several years and in theory is designed to improve the English skills of military and security forces who might be engaged in peacekeeping duties. While delivery is done by the British Council (BC) the programme is actually owned by the MOD and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The BC has recently advertised for a Project Manager to be based in Beijing (two other posts were also advertised, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya). It seems that the Public Security Bureau (the People’s Liberation Army and Ministry of the Interior) plan to expand their presence in the UN’s joint peacekeeping programmes. If the British Council hurry, their charges may get to put their English skills into action while providing security for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

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