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South Sudan VP on four-day visit to China

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June 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, is in Shanghai as part of a four-day visit to China, officials said on Friday.

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South Sudan vice-president James Wani Igga during his visit to China June 28, 2014 (Larco Lomayat)

The visit, although not officially announced, is considered part of the young nation’s efforts to strengthen its ties with Beijing.

China was among the countries that recognised South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, and has since maintained strong relations with the latter in its oil, construction and telecom sectors.

Last year, China agreed to help South Sudan develop a mining sector and also pledged to lend between $1bn and $2bn for the road, power and agriculture projects in the new nation.

Currently, the biggest investor in new nation’s oil industry, the Asian country has played a limited role in the ceasefire negotiations to resolve South Sudan’s crisis, in line with its policy of non-interference in domestic affairs.

In May, China reportedly agreed to send an infantry battalion 850 soldiers to reinforce the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. UN officials, however, said this was the first time China would be sending a combat unit to its peacekeeping operation, having previously provided logistical and protection units in Mali and Sudan’s Darfur region.

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  • 29 June 2014 10:32, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All.
    South Sudan government thought he send some one now?
    Wani Igga please change your mind from this Dinka Kingdom government, one day one time you will be regret of follow Dinka.

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    • 29 June 2014 17:50, by Ito

      First of all, We in Equatoria consider wani Igga as a Dinka because all his support comes from Dinka and not equatoria. Secondly, China last time promise Salva and then change mind within hours. Is China stupid to invest in a government that is crumbling and is falling at any hour, day, month and year? What they are doing now is take money quickly before they are kick out of power. Wani, you are

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      • 29 June 2014 17:54, by Ito

        on our top list of enemies and you will regret soon. Do you think you will be spared in Bar el gazal if you are ask to leave and live there with Salva? You will cry soon. This time round, we are not going to tolerate this tribal dictatorship. You guys do not heed to many wise voices. We will go by force. We see this war as for our existence and we will fight till last person to regain our dignity

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  • 29 June 2014 13:28, by Black Africa

    We the Great Equatorians, we are warning Wani Igga to resign or we will assassins him. He does not represent us Instead, he’s our number one enemy.

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  • 1 July 2014 03:55, by Emporio

    Wani igga is best patriotic equatorion a live of all time,My advise to equatorion who are affiliated with reik new group which is known as transnational criminal organisation’s to come back to their sense to Think about how to collaborate with dinka and other tribes for nations building instead of trying to follow ex-khartoumes Oldfield Guards
    #TruthsMustBeTold#

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