Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sudan: China working against people of Sudan

Mahmoud A. Suleiman reports in the Sudan Tribune, that China’s Conflict of Interest in the Sudanese oil continues to worsen the suffering of the people of Sudan in Darfur. China one of the Five Veto waving Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), refused to endorse the draft statement calling for the government of Sudan (GoS) to backtrack on its expulsion of 13 humanitarian aid organisations from Darfur following The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) issuance of arrest warrant against Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir for 7 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Wednesday 4th March 2009.

China’s veto and its interest in Sudanese oil are no secret to anyone. China is the largest foreign investor in Sudan; it has vested economic interest in Sudan and works hard to ensure that the Sudanese government is not a subject to punitive measures. It opposed to sanctions against the murderous regime in Khartoum from Day One. When the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1564, threatening Sudan with oil sanctions unless it curbed the violence in Darfur, China threatened to veto any effort to impose an embargo on Sudan, which supplies 7% of China’s oil imports. China is a major trading partner with Sudan, purchasing approximately two-thirds of its oil exports annually. In its position on the Security Council, China has threatened to veto any resolution that includes sanctions or other harsh penalties in order to protect its trade interests with Sudan.

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Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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