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South Sudan receives military trucks from China: report

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April 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan received a shipment of military hardware from China that were loaded via the Kenyan port of Mombasa, according to a Kenyan newspaper.

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Chinese Trucks headed to South Sudan parked at Kenyan port of Mombasa (The Star)

The Nairobi-based The Star newspaper said in its Monday edition that the consignment included 34 military trucks, trailers and wagons which had been at the port waiting for clearance since 3 April.

According to the report, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) shipping schedule confirmed that the shipment, part of which belongs to the United Nations, arrived on different days to Mombasa using two vehicle carriers, Bahamas-flagged MV Crystal Ray and Panama-flagged MV Topaz Ace.

They left Yokohama port on February 23 and 26 this year, passing through several other ports including Kobe, Durban and Dar-es-Salaam, and then Mombasa.

The report comes amid heightened military tensions between Khartoum and Juba as both sides continue to fight intermittent battles along their poorly defined border. On Tuesday, the Sudanese army announced that it has lost the oil-rich town of Heglig to South Sudanese forces.

Even before South Sudan gained its independence from the north, there were reports that it has been engaged in an arms race with Khartoum.

In September 2008 it was revealed that 33 Soviet-era T-72 tanks and BM-21 multiple rocket launch systems on board a Ukrainian cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates for four months had been destined for southern Sudan via Kenya. Kenya’s government at the time denied it and said the tanks were for its military.

However, satellite photos monitoring the tanks showed them being transported to various bases in South Sudan.

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Chinese Trucks headed to South Sudan parked at Kenyan port of Mombasa (The Star)

Sources at the port told The Star that South Sudan has continued to import its military equipment and other hardware through Mombasa.

“There has been a long-term agreement which was signed a long time ago. It is now that it is being implemented in phases," said the sources who refused to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The assistant director of public communication in the Kenyan Ministry of Defense Bogita Ongeri refused to comment on the consignment and referred The Star to the High Commissioner of South Sudan.

“The [South] Sudanese officials are better and well placed to respond to this since the consignment is theirs. It is not something for Kenyans,” Ongeri said.

If confirmed, the report might show a Chinese interest in fostering stronger ties with the oil-rich South Sudan. The latter supplies 5% of China’s oil supplies. But due to a dispute with Sudan on oil transit fees, Juba suspended oil production.

Sudan’s split divided China’s oil industry investments, leaving the fields mostly in South Sudan but the two pipelines out of them running through Sudan.

Last December, China made a failed mediation attempt between Khartoum and Juba after which it has remained mostly silent on the issue.

It even sought to downplay Juba’s decision last February to expel Liu Yingcai, the head of the Chinese-Malaysian oil consortium Petrodar.

A report issued this month by International Crisis Group (ICG) mentioned that China has sought to accelerate its engagement in South Sudan as it hurtled towards independence, citing great increases in the number of Chinese workforces and companies operating in the new country following secession.

The report also explains the dilemma facing China which needs to balance “old friends” in Khartoum with “new friends” in Juba as they continue to wrangle over transporting South Sudan’s oil via Sudan.

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  • 11 April 2012 08:44, by zulu

    One would have thought that being declaring secession the south would now be at peace. But the NCP with its dirty brain thinks force is the medicine. Well, taste your medicine. You bomb us, we will react vehemently. Trust your officers who advised you not to attempt fighting south Sudan. we have the leverage to break sudan further into the New Sudan. Perhaps we need to do just that/

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    • 11 April 2012 08:57, by Chok Deng

      To Sudantribune,job well done
      You reported it at the right time,ha ha ha Self-proclaimed Arabs will soon evacuate Sudan.Death to thieves of South Sudan oil.

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      • 11 April 2012 09:56, by Tambura

        The report on our millitry by ourself is not good for our secutry of our country if we really care about our country.Enemy should not know what type of guns we got, it should be top secret when your country is in war, let the enemy see it in field.China became strong nation because of secrecy. I hope our journalist should understand that for sake of ur country you don’t want aproval use your mind

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        • 11 April 2012 17:15, by panom lualbil

          TAMBURA, you better keep your stinky mouth short from SPLA’s stuff. Whether or not khartoum know of these millitary’s truck, it’s other way of threatening weak and coward men like nuer folks who fight behind spla for food, cattlerustling. You’re BASHIR’s millitias, pack your way out here b4 you get caught and slaying like chicken. SPLA OYEE!!! keep it really spla. Your strong heart and victory in

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          • 11 April 2012 17:41, by panom lualbil

            fight against BASHIR for no PAY CHECKS are still the same; regardless of some MOSQUITOES from NUER who always suck your blood from behind. It’s not it cowards but more weapons are on the way. For stealing our oils, bombing our ppl in UNITY STATE is not a secrete, we’re going through khartoum to make it bare until no building left even if you fled away. Piny piny benjiar klanychnicup benjiar!!

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            • 11 April 2012 17:51, by panom lualbil

              We’re JOHN GARANG freedom fighters. Even though other folks find their leeway, we’ll never give up our land and for who we’re [christianity] ever to khartoum.

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          • 12 April 2012 01:28, by Tambura

            Don t talk like this fool during the war. Other wise we let you Dinka die alone in the on front line.

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    • 11 April 2012 10:28, by Robot

      Zulu,
      Well said, things are apparently clear on the position of South Sudan and how malicious crooks of the NCP are not analyzing the effect of the war, they are so empty, i wonder how far they have gone with their education and world politics, anyway, it is our upper hand to have uncivilized cabinet of Bashir..

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    • 11 April 2012 10:47, by mohammed ali

      Zulu, your first sentence is right.But your theifs now invaded and occupying Sudanese land. Did the NCP told them to do so.The theifs are not worried about the war.Families, childrens are safe & secure and the banks are full of blood money. What the worry is about?

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      • 11 April 2012 16:09, by Deng

        Mr mohamed I think its time to lubricate your asses in the toilet for china. maybe that will change there mind from supplying weapons to South Sudan. Shame on you guys. Your bitch has abandon the NCP because they are broke. Now the south has pocket full of money from oil revenues, they are flocking to us. This war is going to be between single man visist couples: I cant wait to see AL bashire fate

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    • 11 April 2012 11:50, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Bravo China

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    • 11 April 2012 14:20, by Bol Akoch Buoi

      I like your comments brother, well worded and well thought

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    • 11 April 2012 14:50, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      iT IS THE BEGINING OF EVERYTHINGS,NO WONDERS ALSO THIS THE FRIST LESSON TO THE NCP PARTY

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 11 April 2012 08:47, by Michael Angelo

    Hahahahaha Chinese are business people so they don’t give a fuck about Sudan anymore. War plane jets will come from Israel soon. SPLA oyee!

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  • 11 April 2012 08:54, by Paul

    Really? I am not being paranoid but these trucks could be trojans horse with satellite tracing devices installed in them for easy targeting by SAF, regarding Chinese current close relationship with Sudan. Check these trucks meticulously before they are put in use.

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    • 11 April 2012 09:00, by Chok Deng

      To Paul
      Don’t worry brother,Chinese are business people they left Khatroum because it become useless.

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      • 11 April 2012 09:33, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Pual is very funny indeed business is always to make your customer happy so that they can buy your goods and promote your business,
        More news are coming in soon stay tune

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    • 11 April 2012 19:47, by zulu

      Paul,
      Chin is dumb to do this. To betray those with hope for those desparate does not make sense. China will lose so much if it does that. It is playing a delicate balance in the face of a proven huge oil reserves in South Sudan. It used to be said we had only 5bln, but China now says, we have billions. The same for gold, uranium, cement, mercury and of course diamonds. Think about that for a skn

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  • 11 April 2012 08:59, by Ker.

    this is what we have been longing for, China have been taking our oil without good support since 1983.

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  • 11 April 2012 09:15, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

    Khartoum understand bullets only. The reality is that they can not fight SOUTH SUDAN . Khartoum always use stupid people to fight for it. Now South sudan will have some equipment to response to Khartoum air agression. Khartoum has been violating our air spacen for a year now, it enter our airspace as it wants ,bomb our civilian as it wants,bomb our oil fields as it wants,and the dumb UN just see.

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  • 11 April 2012 09:22, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

    What will happen within dumb "UN" if Khartoum enter FRENCH OR "US" airspaces as it wants ,bomb THEIR civilians as it wants,bomb THIER oil fields as it wants? The WORLD should know that there is a "REAL SATAN CALLED OMER BASHIR" in Khartoum.!!!!!

    SPLA OYEEE!!

    God bless South Sudan!

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  • 11 April 2012 09:55, by AgwerJimmy

    If the report is real, then it is "SPLA Oyee" well done job.
    Keep up getting more sophisticated arms and other military equipments.Soldiers armed to the teeth, well-fed, well-paid, well-conducted, well-trained and strategically oriented can win the victory in the battlefield regardless of their number.

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  • 11 April 2012 10:54, by Northern Sudanese

    this reminds me of the stance of the US during the Iran-Iraq war...... the US was supplying arms to both of them........

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  • 11 April 2012 11:07, by Sudan virus

    Good anyway! But this could be reported when the SPLA are nearing Khartoum.

    Any defeat by SAF should not be announced until every single animal on earth witness for him or herself.

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    • 11 April 2012 14:59, by Genuine Leader

      am very happy that there will be no Africa will be use by Bashir this time for war in south north border either by islam nor money, its will be real war between you fake arab and us indiginous of sudan .
      i will see soon myself interrogation all ncp criminals.

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  • 11 April 2012 11:14, by E. Defense Forces
    • 11 April 2012 14:51, by Genuine Leader

      Bashir threatens is not something new to us man don’t worries about media warrior. thanks

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    • 11 April 2012 22:40, by zulu

      E Force,
      Unfortunately, I did not understand a word or thing because I don’t speak or write arabic. I know my Otuho languaage, Acholi, some Dinka, some Zande, some balanda and english. SO, I just saw Omar perfusing, spattering spittles everywhere and kind of grumpy faced and of course groaning noice which tells me he is mad. About what?, you tell me. I am a pure south sudanese of Torit, lion’s

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      • 11 April 2012 22:43, by zulu

        In fact, we have a song that says, no lion will leave baboons to occupy its territory. It is a lion that will occupy the baboon’s territory. Bashir the baboon, should not temper with us the Lions, SPLA Oyeeeeeee!

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      • 12 April 2012 03:27, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. zulu,

        I am with you, I did not understand the ranting of this world most wanted criminal language. Someone need to translate his speech .... but who cares, Bashir is a total buffoon.

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  • 11 April 2012 15:32, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

    Chinese are making cheap money and cheap politics,we know who u are.

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  • 11 April 2012 16:03, by Deng

    Mr. North Sudanese & Jalaba, I guess your stomach is going wild for loosing a supper power support, China. I told you last time that you and your thugs NCP will have to lubricate your ass well enough for China since you got no oil for them. I am guessing one of the reason for constantly bombing Unity state is to get enough oil but unfortunately what is lying down there is just Crude. that wont wor

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