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China steps in to seek solution to Sudan’s oil shutdown crisis

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June 16, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Chinese special envoy to Africa Zhong Jianhua held talks in Khartoum today with the oil minister Awad al-Jaz in the wake of Sudan’s decision last week to block flow of oil from landlocked South Sudan.

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FILE - Zhong Jianhua, China’s special Envoy to Africa, poses for a photograph during an interview with Reuters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, July 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Matina)

The minister informed ambassador Jianhua that the transportation of oil from South Sudan will continue through Sudan’s pipelines as a goodwill gesture from Khartoum.

But al-Jazz stressed that Juba must implement the nine cooperation agreements as one package and dismissed the need for new negotiations.

The minister cautioned that the stoppage will remain in place if Juba does not abide to the agreements signed adding that its actions so far shows its lack of seriousness.

He also called on Beijing to play a positive and powerful role within the 60-day deadline set by Khartoum regarding the closure of the oil pipelines.

The Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir publicly ordered al-Jaz last week to immediately shut down the pipelines carrying Juba’s oil for exporting.

"O’ Awad [oil minister] tomorrow direct oil companies to close the pipeline and after that let them [South Sudan] take it via Kenya or Djibouti or wherever they want to take it", the Sudanese president said at a rally in north Khartoum.

"The oil of South Sudan will not pass through Sudan ever again," Bashir added.

But Sudanese officials later talked down the order saying it will take effect after 60 days and not immediately. They also pointed out that the directive could be reversed should Juba heed to Sudan’s demand of giving up support to anti-Khartoum rebel groups.

The Chinese envoy expressed his country’s desire to develop relations between Khartoum and Juba and said that there are efforts underway to come up with firm solutions to help sustain the agreements signed.

He noted that South Sudan suffered during the year and a half when Juba suspended oil production after a dispute with Khartoum over fees associated with using Sudan’s pipelines.

Jianhua said he hopes that a satisfactory solution is reached for both sides to achieve their common interests.

The Chinese official is expected to visit both Juba and Addis Ababa as part of Beijing’s efforts to end the fresh crisis. He met later in the day with Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti.

In September of last year, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others.

Last March, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements.

The most notable provision in the agreement is related to resumption of oil exports by landlocked South Sudan which were suspended more than a year ago because of a dispute over transit fees. Oil started flowing again in April.

This week China’s foreign ministry said that Beijing is closely watching the recent twists in relations between Sudan and South Sudan and their impact on the oil sector which is largely dominated by Chinese oil companies.

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  • 17 June 2013 05:10, by Black Power

    Where are ur balls ya wad sharmuta Awad?

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    • 17 June 2013 06:22, by PT92

      At least we kept our oil shut down for A a year!
      It look like you Northern Terrorists were trying to play the same card but the shit isn’t working well for you. Why already changing your mind and scaling down rhetoric?
      Whether you shut down or not, the game is still continue.

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    • 17 June 2013 20:33, by Oppressor

      Black Power ya layman it shows how you been raised in ur own family if u have one which i doubt ... haaaaaa

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  • 17 June 2013 07:30, by Uncle J

    It is an oil interest that is speaking in the tongue of that little chinese midget claiming himself to be ambassador for Africa. Where was he when Khartoom carried out the carleous killing of Abyei paramount chief? Sudanese should ask themselves why did chinese discontinue the 20 projects they signed with Khartoom on interest of oil deal? it is b/c S. Sudan took 75% of oil with it after seccession

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    • 17 June 2013 08:15, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Uncle, you are producing only 300k bpd , not 3 million bpr

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      • 17 June 2013 13:35, by Uncle J

        At least 300k bpd is better than nothing bro, imagine for 21 years of civil war South Sudanese didn’t know that our blessed country produces oil that Sudan used to fund war against humanity/giving enough share to non-mutual benefiters.....> Chinese. Twitter is everything pls check this quote out ’If you want your country to get really poor, then make investment with Chinese’

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        • 17 June 2013 20:38, by Oppressor

          Uncle ur insect self ignorant china is the biggest growing economy in the world ya Jahil & u proofed how African think mentality if u can’t read then watch TV oppss ya don’t ’ve power oppss what can we do to enlight a useless insect like u .....

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          • 18 June 2013 08:18, by Uncle J

            hey Opressor son for a loony, look still you didn’t get what I was trying to say, yes China is leading in economy for but for them it is too hard to help other countries struggling with economic problem like Sudan. Chinese like benefiting not giving that’s what I was trying to say mr. wet ass desert nigga

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  • 17 June 2013 15:55, by Wiyual

    China is a double dealer! They are pretending like they are helping, but they are just after their oil payments. Look, they were asked to build alternative pipeline to Kenya last year but they declined our requests. That should the solution for this tit and tat games between Khartoum and Juba.

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    • 17 June 2013 20:41, by Oppressor

      through Kenya / Sudan china is taking oil from u & will be for 100 years as agreed with Sudan before CPA so keep quite don’t stop barking ya ... haaaaa you know !!!haaaa

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      • 18 June 2013 08:27, by Uncle J

        and if China has very sustainable economy like how stupid oppressor preach it, then why would they spread in the face of the world looking for shitty jobs? why can’t they wave out 42 billions deadly debt of Sudan? If Sudanese were really smart, they should blame everything on Bashir and tell him enough is enough now is the time for change

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  • 18 June 2013 08:47, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Why waited 60 days? nothing is coming out of that period Therefore, Fatass Khartoum extended the days in order for us to sell that little crude flowed into the Port;and after all when they have their share, they will immediately shut it down. Bashir was showing nothing by saying those words, but that was just the signs of hungry Hyena crying when he lose his game.

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