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China downplays expulsion of Petrodar boss from South Sudan

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February 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Chinese government on Thursday sought to downplay the decision taken this week by South Sudan to expel Liu Yingcai, the head of the Chinese-Malaysian oil consortium Petrodar.

South Sudan said it made this move because Yingcai did not honor the terms of reference of the memorandum of understanding which they signed in December.

The government accused Petrodar this month of lack of cooperation in the implementation of Juba’s decision to shut down oil production and negligence on the impact of oil operations on the environment.

South Sudan’s minister of information, Barnaba Benjamin Marial, said a government investigation found Liu was involved with the government of Sudan "in the conspiracy of getting the oil of South Sudan”.

Sudan decided late last year to start confiscating part of the oil pumped by South Sudan as payment in kind to satisfy financial arrears. This prompted Juba to retaliate by shutting down oil production.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China had seen the reports of Yingcai’s expulsion but would not comment on it directly.

"China and South Sudan’s cooperation is based on mutual respect and mutually beneficial equality, which brings real benefits to both peoples," Lei told a daily news briefing.

"We hope that relevant sides step up communication and consultations and put an end to misunderstandings to benefit long-term cooperation," he added.

Petrodar holds concessions in Palloj in Upper Nile state, where South Sudan was producing over 60 percent of its crude oil before the shutdown.

(ST)

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  • 24 February 2012 10:42, by Junub

    China you killed our people for so long, but we forgive you and you still don’t understand us.We are the full nation
    now if you still have link with NCP please! please!
    follow your killer master Omer to Khartoum we SouthSudan
    has many many friends and allies like Japan South Korean, and west too’ get out soon enough is enough.

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    • 24 February 2012 11:04, by Deng Thiak Adut

      How incompetent are the decisions makers in the South Sudan? The head of Petrodar should not only be facing expulsion but a full criminal investigation & prosecution if it is prima facie case that he was in fact meddled, conspired with NCP or it’s agencies in the stealing or defrauding the Government of South Sudan. Why won’t such charges follow accordingly?

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      • 24 February 2012 11:53, by Robot

        My first comment since the announcement of expulsion was this culprit to be tried first before rushing to just expelling him... enjoy the chances but we the youth don’t have mercy with anyone messing with us no matter who you are.

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  • 24 February 2012 13:02, by justin deng

    Please! people Republic of China!!

    You can’t serve two masters at ago!
    At this time,China must think twice & decides who to serve.Either S.Sudan or Sudan whose leaders are indicted.
    Chinese must know that when you share loots,"you are a thief too" & when you see a thief and keep quiet, "you might be the sender".

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    • 24 February 2012 15:17, by Majoknok

      We have a say that says when you catch a thief be very careful.We should watch Chines with two open eyes this time around because the devil NCP will not sleep with our blood vessel has been cut off.Respect earns respect Mr China and Sudan,to hell looters.

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  • 24 February 2012 15:27, by eye-of-an-eye

    I support what our goverment did, no one can voice nonsense on our belongs in our country, he or she wills to invest in is warmly welcomes, but once sliped to suck situation we have no time with you. China too to be careful on future relation with South, they should be abid by the law and agreement..no body above the law.. no body otherwise we are going to change our dining hall to other countries

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  • 24 February 2012 18:01, by James Maker Akok

    I said long times on website that Cario, Iran, and China are not friends for South Sudan, they are friends for North Sudan.

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  • 25 February 2012 05:29, by Riel South Sudan

    China downplays expulsion of Petrodar boss..!real proves that Chine Government knew the deal of her boss with Khartoum (NIF). Anyway, South Sudan knows real friends and those who are just in need.

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