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China refused to fund agricultural project in Sudan for lack of oil collateral: Bashir


March 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – An agricultural project in Sudan’s Nile River state has been put on hold because China cancelled a loan that was needed to extend electricity in the area, president Omer Hassan al-Bashir revealed.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) and Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir attend the signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (AP Photo/Liu Jin, Pool)

In an interview with the Sunday edition of the Doha-based Al-Raya newspaper, Bashir said that his government gave Qatar 250,000 acres of land in the state to encourage investments from the rich Arab Gulf state.

"But the project stalled due to China not following through on its funding for the project of extending the electric grid because the Chinese loan was in return for oil shipments which stopped after the secession of the South” the Sudanese leader said.

“And so China stopped the financing [the project]” he added.

Bashir said the Qataris decided to step in and provide the loan after Beijing backtracked. “The ball is now in the court of our Qatari brothers”.

The statements by Bashir provide a rare glimpse into the China-Sudan ties after oil-rich South Sudan became an independent state last July. As a result of the breakup, the north was stripped of 75% of the oil reserves it had when the country was one.

Sudan’s finance and national economy minister Ali Mahmood Abdel-Rasool said last month that China has extended the maturity of its debt for another five years upon Khartoum’s request.

A few days before South Sudan’s independence, Bashir paid a visit to China for talks with his counterpart Hu Jintao. According to Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti at the time, the two countries signed an oil and gas exploration agreement and also received pledges of hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

Karti said Khartoum also received Chinese assurances that they do not support the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant issued for the Sudanese leader and that they promised to seek to mend ties between Khartoum and the West.

"We are now in need of Chinese support because the West instead of supporting us is now doing what I can describe as a challenge" the Sudanese diplomat said.

Over the last decade, the Chinese government has given diplomatic backing to Khartoum at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) particularly in face of western criticism for the alleged widespread atrocities in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. China is also one of the top weapons suppliers to Sudan.

The Chinese government was motivated by a keenness to secure its multi-billion dollar investments in the East African nation particularly in the oil sector. Most of Sudan’s oil exports went to energy-hungry China.

But Beijing’s position is now precarious in light of the oil dispute between north Sudan and South Sudan.

Tensions escalated after Khartoum began taking oil from their landlocked southern neighbour late last year, which exports its crude through Sudan’s pipelines to a port on the Red Sea. In retaliation, South Sudan shut down its entire oil production of 350,000 barrels a day.

China made one unsuccessful attempt last December to convince the two sides to reverse their unilateral decisions. Afterwards the growing Asian world power appeared to be mostly taking the “wait and see” approach while issuing statements urging Khartoum and Juba to settle their differences through negotiations.

The loss of billions of dollars in oil revenue led to a widening budget deficit for Sudan and a severe shortage in foreign currency causing a sharp weakening in the value of the pound.

Khartoum was hoping that Juba would agree to pay the $36 per barrel fee for transporting its oil, which would help Sudan weather the impact of the secession.

However, the negotiations on this issue have failed to bring about a compromise as South Sudan insists on paying around $1 per barrel.

The Sudanese president downplayed the effect of the oil shut down saying that his country lost only 30% of its revenue sources while South Sudan lost 98%.

“We expect oil production in the north to increase by at least 75,000 barrels a day this year. We also have another source which is gold and the indicators according to the [Central] Bank of Sudan that Sudan will produce 50 tonnes by year end which is valued at $2.5 billion at the minimum,” Bashir said.

He added that they are also trying to boost cotton production which he said is seeing a big price increase internationally and that Sudan will witness a surplus in cotton production along with sesame, sugar and beans.

“We have livestock and meat prices increased [along with] exports and profits are very huge in livestock,” Bashir added.

The Sudanese president expressed optimism that his government will secure several loans to support the balance of payments and boasted that the country has not suffered from any shortage in basic commodities.

This week Qatar promised Sudan $2 billion in the form of treasury bills and investments in several sectors of the economy. Bashir also flew to Saudi Arabia on Friday in a visit that appeared to be aimed at getting more financial help from the oil-rich Arab state.


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  • 11 March 2012 06:20, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    As we knew that khartoum is a living hell and Chinase are like prostitude who follow the rich man, they will fold in the drak problem soon because i learned that china told khartoum to reveiw the lie agreement that they promised them about oil of South Sudan to be controll by chinase,
    ahaha mother fucker
    Death to terreorist in khartoum and money liver chinase,
    Our oil our country,

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    • 11 March 2012 06:49, by Darkangel

      Dinka dog SPLut !! Its clear you are nothing more than an illiterate, unemployed, envious refugee living somewhere getting drunk. Sudan is building, growing, investing and adapting. Dams, roads, ports, rail, industry, military - there is something new every day. Unlike stuck SS no oil, no money, waiting for handouts and food. Name 1 project in SS in the last 6 years, just 1 and i will give ya 100.

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      • 11 March 2012 06:53, by Darkangel

        Chinese are business people, they dont do favors. But they dont but in peoples business either. That 1 project was agreed to be paid for by oil, since it cant be paid in oil the fund was stopped. Making sense. But relations with Sudan are stronger than that. 60 years. Billions of dollars invested and still ongoing, because unlike SS china sees Sudan as a capable prospect. Unlike Western Puppet SS

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        • 11 March 2012 07:00, by Darkangel

          Sudan to launch $1 billion sugar plant, eyes exports from 2014

          Oil Companies Seek Investment in Six Oil Blocks in Sudan

          Sudans Minister Welcomes Chinese Investment in Textile Industry

          Qatar to invest $2bn in Sudan

          This is just in the last week.

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        • 11 March 2012 07:03, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Darkness illiteratcy is not for non terrorist because those with it are the one runing around the world looking for other countries to help them, son of bitch fake arab if there was no south sudan oil, what would your motherfucker arab survived for? new things everyday huh? let me hear new things from now because we took our oil which you ve been sucessfull developed your gang land khartoum,

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          • 11 March 2012 07:07, by Darkangel

            You retarded drunk, you took your oil almost a year ago. I said this was last WEEK. I can show you what SUDAN has done in the last month, but i will need 20 blocks to write.



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            • 11 March 2012 07:23, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              Darkness why are you upset and getting crazy about our oil,
              Our oil help your childless father bashit to killed our ppl for so long,
              Our oil help your gangster to maintain their greedy power for many years,
              now we took it so what is your problem with us?
              It is a time for fake arab to kiss our asses and say sorry to us,
              All what you are saying are nothing but out of your desperate hungry monst

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            • 11 March 2012 15:06, by Logic


              This fool “Darkanger” is still angry, get over it you dizzy dude!

              N.S is in real trouble and any patriotic Sudanese would confirm this, but its only the high off their head-cousin marrying-fake Arabs-NCP ass licking retards that would deny this.

              What a sad bunch..lololololol!

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          • 11 March 2012 07:12, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            darkness you can be a childless bashir abducted bastard son but will alway fell the shame of your fake father,
            Ask yourself son of slut bitch whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for you in your graves or whether it should be yours here and now and on this earth.
            Go and fuck mahamad Godless ppl,
            Our oil our country so what die or begg us,

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      • 11 March 2012 10:14, by Chok Deng

        Self-proclaimed Arab!!! Ha Ha

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  • 11 March 2012 06:21, by Land-of-Cush

    China has right to withdrawn their fund if Sudan not becomes trustful country, Sudan stolen south Sudan oil. So they are not trust nation any more. If Arab nations want to cover this, than late them hell up with arram (stealing).

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  • 11 March 2012 06:30, by BM Bol

    Keep floating while the river runs dry beneath you inch by inch.

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  • 11 March 2012 06:35, by john agoet

    Here we go, Mr. President Omer Albashir; you run out choices, that is an indication of things comes to an end, everything around you poling apart, your government not trusted any more by china or else way in the world, your staying in government will turning Sudanese people to hopeless nation while‘re not, time shows you incapable to run huge country like Sudan

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    • 11 March 2012 06:39, by john agoet

      for best leave and save your life before too late,

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  • 11 March 2012 07:00, by wang

    Arabs States will soon get triers of feeding more 32 million Northern Sudanese. Sump up China, keep pressure this regime till they give themselves up to ICC

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    • 11 March 2012 08:44, by Northern Sudanese

      the world will soon get tired of feeding your poor people. btw the population of sudan is 30 milion you stupid. 4 milion of them are foreigners mostly from west and east africa and south sudan. the south sudanese must leave.

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  • 11 March 2012 07:41, by wad balad

    We will not blame china for their stance, and likewise we dont expect china to blame us for ours. We all know that this year will be a tough year for sudan but plans are in place to lift sudan from this situation. Sufficiency in strategic commodities, expansion in oil, agriculture, gold mining and investment from our arab brothers will bring us back. And we will make it. let the haters watch !!

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  • 11 March 2012 07:49, by Konan

    Mother fuckers don’t forget we have over two millions expatriates (not asylum seekers) such as engineers, doctors, teachers, skilled and unskilled workers in Arab countries and elsewhere, they are funding the country with billions of dollars every year. We discovered that oil and pumped as much as we could, it is a matter of time and all wells will dry up, sooner or later u will taste bitterness

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  • 11 March 2012 08:05, by Konan

    Unlike u mother fuckers, we don’t defend a regime we defend and stand by our country regardless of who is ruling be it Al-Bashier or anybody else. Our Arab brothers are investing billions of dollars in our country and they shall continue to do so. Tell me what your African brothers can give u except alcohol, HIV, wars, refuges and so on. For us South Sudan is a living example.

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    • 11 March 2012 09:14, by Makeethy

      The world has changed and very soon, you will realize it. We Africans,are realizing that we are victims of our cultures. Our cultures allow foreigners, who join us, as members of our communities. Once they settle in our communities, turn against us. This must change. Keep your Arabness to yourself. We have joined our African brothers. Nuba/Bluenile are our next frontier.

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      • 11 March 2012 09:31, by Northern Sudanese


        are u mad bro? your the next person who needs medical help

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        • 11 March 2012 17:54, by Mach

          You guys are not Arab, when you go to the Middle East, you’re ashamed to call yourselves Arab, the real Arabs will mock you and the reason is because you’re black African.

          Stop making yourselves something you’re not. Call yourselves black African Arabs or else get off our continent.

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      • 11 March 2012 09:32, by Konan

        U r totally confused my friend I was not talking about Arab race, I am black and 50% of my blood is African. According to prophet Mohammed (PBUH) Arabs are those who speak Arabic.The first man to speak Arabic was called Yarub Bin Gahtan. Arab great grandfather is Ismail the son of Ibraham (non-Arab)and Hajar(Egyptian)Pls.try to transform your baseless hatred to Arab into something usefull.

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      • 11 March 2012 15:22, by Logic

        Lolololol... the five or so musketeers, how funny!

        "We’re smarter than you", "We have developed our country", "We’re bla bla bla"! You’re nothing but a bunch of fake Arab wana-be’s and your claim of intelligence is laughable, you guys couldn’t even muster a brain cell between you.

        Grow up you racist retards (behind closed doors alcoholics), I salute the southerners for their stance.

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  • 11 March 2012 09:50, by Konan

    U have to admit it brothers we are smarter than u, we benefited from both being Arabs (our fathers) and being African (our mothers). Arabs are rich in every respect wealth, culture, values...etc. For the time being we are not so proud of being Africans, because they are the worst people on earth. Don’t ask why look at yourself, South Sudan is a living example.

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    • 11 March 2012 10:12, by Chok Deng

      You are a fake Arabs Konan,Jalaby,Darkangel,N.Sudanese.You are Selves-proclaimed Arabs,Face death.

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      • 11 March 2012 10:48, by Northern Sudanese

        Chok Deng
        please get a life don’t let us start insult your people and nation. don’t let us remind you about your dark history and use that word that is a great shame to your people.

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        • 11 March 2012 10:58, by Chok Deng

          Get life too,otherrwise i will give u more informations to prove that you are not Arab!!

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          • 11 March 2012 15:51, by Northern Sudanese

            Chok Deng
            please show us. show us the information that says ’we are not arab’.

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      • 11 March 2012 10:55, by Konan

        My friend being black or African doesn’t make you a slave wake up, unlike you I am so proud of my color and African roots and I don’t have inferiority complex. If you feel like a slave you will think like a slave and act like a slave!!! Thanks to God I don’t.

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    • 11 March 2012 15:33, by Logic

      Konan: "For the time being we are not so proud of being Africans" then this: "unlike you I am so proud of my color and African roots and I don’t have inferiority complex"...

      Lol, apart from the grammatical error, you call yourself "smart"! really, you racist retard! You guys are truly beyond me, lololol! Where’s Rommel at? Please kick it to these drunk behind closed doors fake Arabs. haha

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      • 11 March 2012 16:14, by Konan

        Mr. No logic,

        ((There is cure for every disease except stupidity)) Self confidence is an internal feeling, that is why I don’t feel inferior due to my color or roots (by the way I’m not as black as u and my hair is very soft). Really I feel sorry for you but your stupidity is epidemic.

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        • 11 March 2012 18:50, by Son of Upper Nile

          inferiority complex "i am not as black as you" is the proof. You are the kind of naive North Sudanese who got into dilemma when filling a form in western countries. The don’t like to tick Black, and the can’t write white as they covet, nor can they write Asian like Chinese or Latin as Mexican. I pity those of Konan when they finished always last at Airports and people think they are too stupid

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        • 11 March 2012 21:00, by SeekingTruth

          Konan, not all black people were enslaved u know that better. Those slaves were the less fortunates which I believe could be found in any society. Get over it my delusional fake arabs, the wanderers! We (black Africans) cant really feel insecure since it’s common sense to judge who’s more ashamed, the few unfortunate slaves taken away from their homelands and the wanderers who once lived by biting

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          • 11 March 2012 21:12, by SeekingTruth

            dusts in the desert due to lack of simple eatable things. Somebody put it right, "you’re proclaimed Arabs" who do not actually know where u belong. Since history keep rewriting itself, I wonder where will you people go when the real owners decide to completely kick your butts outta their lands?
            You must too b damn or else "you can’t talk against the crocodiles while dipping your legs in the wate

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  • 11 March 2012 10:00, by louiskspez

    I find this rather unfair decision !
    Rencontre femme cougar

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  • 11 March 2012 10:53, by wad balad


    The GOSS think they are smart. They want us to give the southerns here citeznship so that they can use them to gain intellegency from khartoum. There is no reason y we should give southerns our citezinship. Juba cannot have it both ways. All southerns must leave since they voted to leave !!

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    • 11 March 2012 15:57, by Northern Sudanese

      wad albalad,darkangle and jallaby
      please,these southerners are jealous.it is really a fact that they are smart,they are very rich in natural recources and have many friends around the world.that’s why 4.7 milion of their people need food, that’s why their economy is collapsed, that’s why 3/8 of their people live abroad as refugees, that’s why cattle is more importan than human in their country lol

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      • 11 March 2012 21:37, by SeekingTruth

        How blind are these guys to see beyond their noses? You’re talking too much about the southerners in the North but neglect the fact that more than the figures u claimed above as northerners are in the South as we speak. They are too reluctant to go to the North where your brutal regime is going to crackdown on them every single day. Does ur gov’t has a plan for them? Or either does Mr. indictee

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        • 11 March 2012 21:44, by SeekingTruth

          has plans for the Mesirya and others who heavily depends on the South pastures/water for the livestocks? Just keep being a loud mouths but fall short to think outside the box and see the big picture.
          Remember, the motto was: " shutdown the oil! shutdown the oil! close down the oil! and the South will end in 3 months!" Now what? Its clear who is crying more.

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  • 12 March 2012 05:40, by BM Bol

    Don’t you think China would know that Sudan still has potential (oil wise) and would still invest in the country despite South Sudan leaving with 90% of oil?

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  • 12 March 2012 08:02, by Sudan virus


    The blanket is almost exposing the fire! Please Bashiir, put more blanket on the fire.


    This is an international entertainment!!!

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