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China calls for dialogue between north & south Sudan on oil dispute

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January 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Chinese government on Monday called on the neighbouring states of Sudan and South Sudan to act in “calmness and restraint” as they go through a dispute over the issue of oil that so far shows little sign of resolution.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin

Last week South Sudan accused its northern neighbour of “stealing” its oil by forcing a foreign oil company to load 650,000 barrels of crude onto one of its vessel. Khartoum says that Juba is unwilling to pay fees for use of its pipelines and as such they will seize part of the oil as a form of payment.

Sudan claims that South Sudan owes $727 million on four shipments of oil released and transferred through the oil installations in the north since July.

All fees suggested by Sudan which fell between the ranges of $32-$36 per barrel were swiftly rejected by South Sudan.

China depends on South Sudan, a new country long suspicious of Beijing’s ties with Khartoum, for nearly five percent of its oil imports.

"We have noticed that the tension has recently escalated to a degree on the issue between the two sides, and we are concerned about it," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters said at a regular news briefing according to Xinhua.

"We think that oil is the economic lifeline shared by the two countries," Weimin said, adding that China hopes that Sudan and South Sudan will remain calm and restrained in addressing their differences through consultation and dialogue.

Delegations from Khartoum and Juba are set to meet in Addis Ababa on Monday for a new round of negotiations on oil. Sudanese officials downplayed prospects of an agreement.

"We hope that the two nations will compromise with each other to achieve a breakthrough in the negotiations," Weimin said.

Last December, China dispatched its special envoy to Africa Liu Guijin in a mediation effort as tensions heightened on oil. It is not clear what the outcome of his mission was.

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  • 17 January 2012 09:05, by Madina Tonj

    China[PROC] need to choose one way between North Sudan and South Sudan, because the idea of trying to balance your interest in being handle Foreign policy in the middle of bitter relationship is not merely cause confusion but also it could make you as a loser for your contract because of being a movable between two nations is part of bad Foreign policies mangement.if you can take my word please

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    • 17 January 2012 17:07, by Ruach

      City Tonj.You are right my friend.The so called China is known to sell out arms to N.Sudan to destablise our Nation & stealing our oils with North Sudan.What a relation!You China & N.sudan should leave alone with our land & resource.Why do u want to relationship with our enemy?I think china need to confederate S & North Sudan which is a joke.Death to China & whoever steal our oils.

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    • 17 January 2012 19:25, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

      As Madina Tonj said China is actually planing to still our oil but it will not happen we are going to sign contract with Amerca instead of china which will be better for all of us as south sudanese.

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      • 18 January 2012 17:40, by Ruach

        No Equatoria will ever dominate any party be the Ruling or opposition party because they don’t ’ve a clear objectives

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  • 17 January 2012 10:40, by mosa mel

    China suppose to tell Khartoum to change it behavors of stealing, intimediating with war, creating unexceptable pipeline fee, refuse to withdraw from Abeyi and solve border issue otherwise we have to shut down oil company. Then, we deal with Khartoum militarily to solve Abeyi case and Border problem.

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  • 17 January 2012 14:50, by Ayuen deng

    china should put northern sudan on toes over the issue of Oil before South Sudan turn its oil knop to East Africa in the month head.

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  • 17 January 2012 15:13, by Lang

    Fuck China and fuck Sudan! The Chinese will not side with ever side with the south on anything, they are letting sudan steal our oil & they will buy it!

    "South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sudan is each day diverting about 120,000 barrels of oil pumped from the south through a recently constructed “tie-in” pipeline." - AP

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    • 17 January 2012 15:15, by Lang

      "This amounts to nearly 75 percent of the oil of South Sudan" being pumped through the line, Dau said.
      The negotiations in Addis Ababa are useless, we do not need relations with the evil nation of doom.

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      • 17 January 2012 16:02, by Lang

        They’ve taken their fees now talks should be over with and cut off the pipeline before the greedy devils take more oil.

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  • 18 January 2012 10:02, by molana

    China with cockeyed decision will never decided in any case concerning South Sudan and enemy North Sudan, china is known for self interest around the world and that they will never save to masters at ago
    china go in peace God will let you get yours
    Abukdom,

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