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China issues a warning to Sudan over Darfur crisis

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January 30, 2008 (ADDIS ABABA) — A senior Chinese diplomat today warned Sudan that "the world is running out of patience over what’s going in Darfur".

The Special envoy of Chinese government Zhai Jun met with Sudan’s foreign minister Deng Alor on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Abbaba.

Alor said that the Chinese envoy reaffirmed his government’s support to his country but called on Sudan "not to do things that will cause the international community to impose sanctions on them".

UN officials have accused Sudan of obstructing the deployment of peacekeeping force in Darfur pursuant to resolution 1769.

China has generally avoided appearing to pressure Sudan directly over the Darfur crisis to be in line with its long standing policy of not interfering in internal affairs of other countries.

Beijing, a veto wielding member in the UN Security Council, has protected Sudan from international condemnation and sanctions causing furstration among Western powers and human rights group worldwide.

Last week Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said China could "definitely not accept" rights groups that say China’s support for Sudan’s government is prolonging the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

The remarks were in response to calls by this groups to label the Beijing summer olympics as ’genocide olympics’.

"To link the Darfur issue to the Olympics is a move to politicize the Olympics and this is inconsistent with the Olympics spirit and will bear no fruit," Jiang told reporters at a news conference.

Energy-hungry China buys two-thirds of Sudan’s oil output and has refineries, a pipeline and joint exploration projects in the east African country.

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*CORRECTION: The special envoy of the Chinese government & Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun and not Liu Guijin as mentioned in previous version

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  • 30 January 2008 18:25, by Bol Madut

    This is just a mere public display to show the world that China is concerns about the situation in Darfur when the fact is the opposite. As the world body has been calling on NIF led regime to end the war in Darfur, China has been publicly telling the world that Sudan is a sovereign state and that no one should interfere in her affairs.

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    • 31 January 2008 05:04, by Daniel

      I believe China has get exhausted the oil in Sudan so is turning its back or the there more oil field coming up in other parts of the country so it want to show people that the case of Darfur is something crucial to them.

      Because China has learnt that the Darfur rebels are getting stronger and there is no way the Sudan government can deal with them, so China has to raise its voice on issues concerning cissies in Sudan. But the question is this; does an end justify the means? So China should have raised its voice before the war in Darfur gets bad. So China should strategically through all the issues in Sudan.

      Any way we welcome your voice because our people are loosing their lives.
      Daniel

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  • 31 January 2008 05:50, by Chol Nyok

    China is trying to cover up it image from human right activists during the Bejiing Olymphic over it supports for genocide in Darfur. Bejiing will never distance itself from such attrocities at least they discover their own oil which is but a dream. The message is a mere flaterry and weightless.

    There is not day China will support such crucial issues on earth. Bejiing is ratting high in human right abuses, poluttion, unlawful killing, poverty and the like. Therefore, China can not ask Bashir’s regime to stop genocide, the reverse is true, it is nonsense.

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    • 1 February 2008 13:24, by Lakes State

      China should accept the ramifications that he has caused to African people of Sudan.

      China was supporting and he is behind Bashir Regime since the civil war broken out in Sudan.

      China is a good Super Market for Bashir to buy Mass destruction weapons to bombed African people of Sudan that caused many diseases in Sudan.

      Let’s China accept the fact instead of "beating about the bush"!

      Yiel

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