Friday, March 31, 2006

China’s Direct Responsibility in Sudan’s Ethnic Cleansing

Sudan’s Defense Minister is currently visiting its largest weapons supplier, China.

As reported by the official press agency of China, Sudan’s Defense Minister was greeted by its Chinese counterpart, Cao Gangchuan: “China and Sudan, since forging diplomatic ties in 1959, have enjoyed stable development of friendly and cooperative relations… The Chinese armed forces attach importance to developing relations with the Sudanese armed forces, and are ready to deepen the cooperation between the two sides in various fields”

As a matter of fact, this military cooperation has been going on for a long time, despite the fact that Sudan has been engaged into massive ethnic cleansing. For many years, Chinese have supplied the Sudanese governments with jet fighters, helicopters, armored vehicles, tanks, and weapons factories. According to the Sudan tribune, “Sudan’s air force recently bought $100 million worth of Shenyang fighter planes, including a dozen supersonic F-7 jets, and also purchased 34 other fighter-bombers from Beijing”.

As China is Sudan’s main weapons suppliers, it’s likely that its arms have been used in the slaughtering of millions of innocent Black civilians. Not only China has a direct responsibility in the murdering and displacement of these innocent African villagers, but it also played a key role in protecting the Arab regime of Khartoum. Using its seat at the United Nations Security Council, China has been Sudan's main diplomatic ally and has systematically threatened to veto any resolutions targeting its partner.

While some may wonder why China struck a partnership with a country widely recognized as being responsible for a massive genocide, the reason is unfortunately simple: oil. In exchange for the invaluable Chinese’s military and diplomatic support, Sudan provides more than 70% of its oil exports to China, and now accounts for close to 10% of China’s oil imports. As part of the relationship, government-owned China National Petroleum Corp has invested billions of dollars in developing oil fields and refineries in Sudan.

It’s obvious that China would do anything to satisfy its thirst for energy, key driver of its domestic growth. In the name of Oil, China provides tens of billions of dollars, sophisticated military equipment, key diplomatic protection to rogue regimes around the world, including Sudan and Iran. And the world is watching silently as millions of blacks are being slaughtered, displaced, or enslaved by an Arab-Islamic regime that is fed by the Chinese appetite for oil.

For an historical perspective on the ethnic cleansing that has claimed millions of lives in Sudan, read this post. For a deeper understanding of China’s military and economic relationship with Sudan, read this article.


At Sun Apr 02, 09:18:00 PM PDT, Blogger Theway2k said...

From a capitalistic view (odd about a marxist state huh?), the thirst for oil would be paramount for one of the world's emerging super economies. I suspect if offered another source China would take it. China has proven that it is more interested in Asian hegemony than confrontation with America outside of Asia. That would include Africa. However Iran is another story. Iran is very close to Asia and thus in China's orbit of National Interest. It will be interesting how relations unfold globally in perspective of a militant Iran.

At Sun Apr 02, 10:38:00 PM PDT, Blogger Filou said...

Theway2k, I think that China is in the short term more interested in satisfying its growing oil needs than in establishing hegemony in Asia. In any case, China’s deep relationships with rogue regimes will soon place it on a collision course with the US…

At Mon Apr 03, 04:47:00 AM PDT, Blogger Always On Watch said...

We don't hear much about China's activities.

I have a friend who follows what happens with China, and she's been "onto" China for at least 15 years. I'll send her a link to this article; she'll want to know (if she doesn't already)

At Mon Apr 03, 12:57:00 PM PDT, Anonymous kback said...

With China's repetitive pattern of oppression(first its own people, then Tibet, now Sudan)... who's next on the list?

At Mon Apr 03, 07:24:00 PM PDT, Blogger Filou said...

kback, next on the list is Iran with which China has developed a strong relationship.

China is quickly becoming the supplier of choice for rogue states around the world…

At Wed Apr 26, 09:56:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Ricky said...

Bolton deserves another set of "three cheers".

U.N. Council Imposes Sanctions on 4 Men in Darfur War Crimes
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Published: April 26, 2006
UNITED NATIONS, April 25 — The Security Council passed a resolution on Tuesday imposing the first sanctions in the violence that has killed more than 200,000 villagers and driven two million people from their homes in Darfur, in western Sudan.

Twelve members of the 15-nation Council voted in favor of the American-drafted measure, which will freeze the assets of four Sudanese accused of war crimes and instructs nations to block their entry. Three countries — China, Qatar and Russia — abstained.

"I think today's sanction resolution shows that the Security Council is serious, that its resolutions have to be complied with, that it is prepared to take enforcement steps if they are not complied with," said John R. Bolton, the United States ambassador.

Qatar, the lone Arab nation on the council, said it had not seen "proof" to justify sanctions.

China and Russia, each a permanent member that could have vetoed the proposal, said the timing was wrong, coming just days before a Sunday deadline set by the Council for Sudan and the Darfur rebels to reach an agreement to end their conflict. The peace talks are being held in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

"In our view, there is the feeling that the adoption of this resolution might have a negative impact on the prospects for concluding a peace agreement within the time period," said Konstantin Dolgov, the deputy Russian ambassador.

Wang Guangya, the Chinese envoy, said any Security Council action "should focus on promoting, assisting and facilitating rather than affecting, and interfering in, the peace talks."

Mr. Bolton disagreed, saying, "Far from interfering in the peace process in Abuja, it will strengthen that process."

The resolution identified the four men accused of war crimes as:

Maj. Gen. Gaffar Mohamed Elhassan, a Sudanese Air Force officer accused of helping the government-backed janjaweed militias commit atrocities; Sheik Musa Hilal, chief of an Arab tribe and a janjaweed leader; Adam Yacub Shant, a commander of Sudanese Liberation Army forces that broke a cease-fire to attack government troops; and Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, the commander of another rebel force, which kidnapped and threatened African Union troops.


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