China 'is fuelling war in Darfur'

14 09 2008

The BBC has found the first evidence that China is currently helping Sudan’s government militarily in Darfur.

The Panorama TV programme tracked down Chinese army lorries in the Sudanese province that came from a batch exported from China to Sudan in 2005.

The BBC was also told that China was training fighter pilots who fly Chinese A5 Fantan fighter jets in Darfur.

China’s government has declined to comment on the BBC’s findings, which contravene a UN arms embargo on Darfur.

The embargo requires foreign nations to take measures to ensure they do not militarily assist anyone in the conflict in Darfur, in which the UN estimates that about 300,000 people have died.

More than two million people are also believed to have fled their villages in Darfur, destroyed by pro-government Arab Janjaweed militia.

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Given it’s own record there should be no surprise in the discovery of China’s actions in Sudan. China’s interests in Sudanese oil and other commodities far outweigh their concerns about the genocide being committed by the government of Sudan. It is no wonder then that China consistently blocks any attempt by members of the United Nations to put an end to the Sudanese government’s war on its own people. In other African countries China’s is also exploiting weaker nations, and the poor in those countries, for its own gain.

Having said this China is just the latest country to turn a blind eye to mass killings by governments they are supporting. Sudan’s history, and that of several other countries, reveals the guilt of many nations. Perhaps it is for this reason the United Nations should ‘hang its head in shame’. It is an organization that does nothing to stop the genocide and is loosing what little credibility it still has.

When the true horrors of Sudan, and when the Chinese and other nations involvement in them, is exposed we will be witness to another Rwanda. How many more Rwanda’s can the United Nations survive?

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26 09 2008
Saving the President « Paul Barnett

[…] Why might charges be dropped despite the evidence? Corrupt politics of course. Of the Security Council’s five permanent members, three – China, Russia and the United States—refused to sign up to the court. Coincidentally Russia and China have huge financial interests in Sudan and are actively supporting the regime, and in-directly the genocide. I reported on this before – China is Fueling the War in Darfur. […]

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