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South Sudan president in China seeking diplomatic support in conflict with Khartoum


April 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir pleaded the case of his country with China saying that Khartoum has declared war on Juba as he started a five day visit to Beijing.

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China’s President Hu Jintao (R) gestures to his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit during an official welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 24, 2012 (Reuters/Petar Kujundzic)

"It [this visit] comes at a very critical moment for the Republic of South Sudan because our neighbor in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan," Kiir said during his meeting with China’s president Hu Jintao.

"I have undertaken this visit because of the great relationship that I value with China. China is one of our economic and strategic partners," Kiir added.

Last Friday, the Sudanese army managed to recapture the oil-rich region of Heglig after South Sudan occupied it for 10 days sparking the worst military conflict between the two sides since the country split into north and south in July 2011.

On Monday witnesses and officials in South Sudan said that Khartoum air force carried out bombing raids in Unity States that fell on a market in Bentiu.

The escalation comes as a reflection of failure of Khartoum and Juba to settle through negotiations a number of key post-independence items and particularly the issue of how much landlocked South Sudan should pay to transport its oil through the north’s pipelines.

China has been the largest single importer of oil from Sudan prior to the South Sudan’s breakaway last year. The latter took 75% of the country’s oil when it seceded.

But earlier this year South Sudan suspended its oil production after Sudan started taking part of the oil as payment in kind to make up for what it called unpaid fees.

Last February, Juba ordered Liu Yingcai, the head of the Chinese-Malaysian oil consortium Petrodar, out of the country and accused him of not honoring the terms of reference of the memorandum of understanding which they signed in December.

The latest Chinese customs data show crude imports from Sudan fell nearly 40 percent in January and February compared to a year earlier.

China made a failed attempt last December to mediate between the two countries on the oil issue. Following that Beijing remained largely silent while calling on Khartoum and Juba to continue dialogue.

But last week, Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir threatened to crush the "insect" government of the South, and said the time for talks was over.

The Chinese president appeared careful not to take sides on the Khartoum-Juba row and urged continuation of dialogue.

"The urgent task is to actively cooperate with the mediation efforts of the international community and halt armed conflict in the border areas," Hu was quoted as telling Kiir during a meeting in Beijing.

"China sincerely hopes that South Sudan and Sudan can become good neighbors who coexist in amity and good partners who develop together," Hu added.

Kiir and Hu witnessed the signing of several agreements between the two countries that cover humanitarian aid, solar energy and financial cooperation.

Gum Bol Noah, an official from Kiir’s office, said the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) was willing to offer South Sudan technical support if Juba decided to build an alternative oil pipeline, making it less reliant on the pipeline running through Sudan.

Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed to Dow Jones China’s interest in financing the project.

"The Chinese are already there and we will continue with them, no problem" Benjamin said.

"Everybody will apply and we will see who has the capacity and who can generate a good consortium of companies to create money" he added.

Kiir attended the opening ceremony of the South Sudanese embassy in Beijing yesterday and will meet Vice-Premier Li Keqiang today.


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  • 25 April 2012 07:16, by Dinkawarrior

    SPLM-D-C has connection with SSLA and its creator Khartoum! According to the man who doesn’t need to be mentioned” SSLA is working secretly under the SPLM-D-C leadership to destabilized South Sudan with it counterpart Khartoum whom created the party to confused the people of South. That was the reason why Bashir said he will liberate the people of South from the hands of main SPLM Party”

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    • 25 April 2012 07:24, by Kurnyel

      Coward leader what the hell are you doing in China after you are defeated in Heglig? looking for support, we have already seal that window man. China is the Sudanese number one supoorter.

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      • 25 April 2012 07:34, by Mi diit

        Kurnyel (Jalaba),

        The international community is now turning the table against you as usual and we will do the rest by kicking you hard and send you across whatever border. If it is beyond Khartoum I don’t care. You will soon lose China and see how you will survive. We defeat you on the ground even without air defense cover to our forces. We will soon teach you a lesson you "desert lizards."

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      • 25 April 2012 07:34, by Michael Angelo


        You don’t know the history of China. Chinese are business people if you don’t know that.

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      • 25 April 2012 07:39, by Dinkawarrior

        , Kurnyel!

        Shut up motherfucker black Arab! You will still going to come back running to South Sudan if your dominant Arab find that you have nothing to add on the top of it government then they will kick your asses out from Sudan?

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        • 25 April 2012 07:48, by Kurnyel

          Am a man of few words but truth, let me assure you people sooner than later we will drink (shai laben)white tea under the Niima tree in Bentiu trust me, just wait with in two to three days.Than Kiir will seek refugee in China.Amen

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          • 25 April 2012 11:53, by viper

            That process of taking Bentiu will not just be easy as taking food from hand to mouth. Just come to see the hell that you are looking for. We know how to send the mujahidin to hell and we are known for that experience. Taking Bentiu is like going to heaven with the donkey. Just come

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          • 25 April 2012 12:33, by kingdom

            couldn’t you remember how your SAF died with shaudu in their mouths? the rest ran naked leaving every thing for their husbands SPLA you still dreaming of coming to South’s teritory you will deficate once more.

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      • 25 April 2012 07:44, by kaci-banno

        president Kiir go ahead soon Southern Sudan will free Northern Sudanese from the bondage of thier evil leaders. World already catagories us as second Isreal in Africa. I appeal seriously that two man must be relieve from thier positions: 1) Nail Deng Nail, he fail South sudan in foreign diplomacy. 2) Ashawa Agnes, she doesn’t know how to confront evil Dafa-alla in UNSC. lastly watch Dr. Lam Carel

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        • 25 April 2012 08:00, by kaci-banno

          AU is the most chaotic organization and will never solve any single problems African’s are facing. Today they declared that South and north Sudan must reach agreement within 90 days, out of 90 days AU will abandon the negotiation. is up to them Thabo Mbeki is a failure medaitator. AU need the reform because it’s full of Arab conspirty. That was not the AU Nyerere and Nyakaruma expected.

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      • 25 April 2012 12:20, by kingdom

        Hi, Kiir is not of coward leaders he can be reached in front only, Heglig was a free gift through world’s request and fulfilment of international view points which Bashir’s liked took as truiph, nonsense.

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      • 25 April 2012 20:41, by Elijah B. Elkan


        Don’t be an ass. Bashir was in the Arabs country asking for loan because the world bank would not trust Khartoum idiots.

        Bashir is looking for support from Iran/Syria ... fool. Dude you’re a buffoon. Bashir is the world’s most wanted criminal dead or alive.

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    • 25 April 2012 11:15, by Paul Chadrack

      Look at this stupid Presiden (Kiir),Why ordering SPLA to find in Higlig and then ordering them to withdraw from that area?, who is now going to pay for those wholost their life there?, who will take care of their widows and children?. human lifes in south sudan doen’t belong to kiir, let him only loot the country but time will come when he will be question in the court to pay for the stollen money

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  • 25 April 2012 07:50, by Deng

    Good Job President Salva Kiir!!
    Bravo SPLA leadership!
    you made good choice for building a good diplomatic ties with China because we do not want to be stuck in war like Syria
    US and the west are our allies but not when it comes to ranking South Sudan interest first
    we need a neutral world Super power to side with us
    We will make China, Khartoum OLD friend to betray khartoum.
    This is happening!!!

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    • 25 April 2012 07:59, by Dinkawarrior

      The same man who doesn’t need to be mentioned said” Bashir hired Al- Jazeera employees and independent personnel medias behind closed doors within the government of South Sudan and in the military areas to provide full information on how they plant to topple it government”

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      • 25 April 2012 08:25, by sober

        China want to soften the hard language of S Sudan because China is interested in Sudan and S Soudan petrol .China will instruct Kiir to be polite with Khartoum , wait and see.

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        • 25 April 2012 10:04, by Daniel Buolmawei

          I agreed 100% with you Sober. You are very smart. Though we are enemies at the moment, what you said is true. Internally, I believe China will undermine reactions from South Sudanese by giving them unnecessary advices.

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  • 25 April 2012 08:38, by Tamongali

    i think we south sudanese members of this forum, china deserved an apology from us. Most of us have being insulting china with ugly words. now we are seeking their help.I was always saying don’t insult but criticizes logically by respective language but no body was listening . In politics you neither have friend or enemy for ever, but interest matters.

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    • 25 April 2012 10:14, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Well, don’t overjupulated. Let’s wait and see what we will gain from China’s ties with us. I felt that the rhtorics from UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon has something to do with Chinese political persuasion. China doesn’t want all oilfields to be in one Sudan since they fear that if ties between North Sudan and South Sudan keep deteriorating, they’ll be to have at least oil from one Sudan if it loses other.

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  • 25 April 2012 09:05, by E. Defense Forces
  • 25 April 2012 11:28, by Ayom Dor

    Though President Kiir is in China, We are still ready to defend this country from agressors back home..what is important is for China to understand and compare their mutual beneficiaries to the two countries..but to the best knowledge of anyone common person, China is tilting towards South..
    Khartoum should now forget to hide anymore under them coz RSS will meet you!! Hahaha!!

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  • 25 April 2012 13:27, by hellonearth

    Breaking News.....
    South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is cutting short his visit to China due to "domestic issues", AFP news agency quoted a Chinese official as saying.

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  • 25 April 2012 15:00, by Peace n Positivity People of Sudan

    Salam, Common people ..We are one we share the same language same history the same land needs and pain. Dont let the ncp and spla destroy us for thier greed. dont follow thier ways. remove the cancer so the body can live. life is short. they are two faces of the same coin.

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  • 25 April 2012 15:04, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    And When U Come Back To South Sudan We Need A Permanent Solution To These War Atrocities Committed Against Us By These NCP MAGGOTS Who Talk SHIT...To All Southers Just One Query...What Can We Do To Put An End To All This Evil...?Wake Up N Take Up Arms/Guns...Because When Diplomacy Fails We Know What To Do...Kick Jalaby In Their Balls/Nuts And Then Topple Their NCP Regime.

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  • 25 April 2012 15:30, by Peace n Positivity People of Sudan

    easier if you take care of spla and they take care of ncp :)

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  • 25 April 2012 16:28, by wadelsudan

    Sudan will not allow the south oil to pass through the north again as a service to our brothers in the south because kirr and his thugs will steel half and use the other half to fund the war
    Let him build anther pipline that will take 5 years to finish and cost 6 billions $ and will be sabotaged by ugandans and kenyans daily
    Ki has commited suicide when he invaded hegleg, let SPLA-N help him

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  • 25 April 2012 21:44, by Mohamed

    Correction ya Wadelsudan, the pipeline costs over 18 billion us dollars.
    Kiir can’t find anybody stupid enough to finance a pipeline that will only support Dinka over all the other tribes in Sudan.
    There only chance is the Northern pipeline that’s why they attacked Heglig.
    Crazy, stupid attack. A friend of mine came from there and over 2000 dead bodies ...mostly Nuer. What a withdrawal.........

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