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Dar what???? China needs to stand down for Darfur

04 Aug

Dar What?? A link to something I wrote last week at Taking Place.

China and Darfur

A strong United Nations force is needed to halt the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. If it is not sent soon, it may be too late for many thousands of potential victims.

The immediate cause of the delay is the refusal by Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, to agree to a U.N. force, which he preposterously claims would attempt to recolonize his African nation.

He is able to get away with this largely because China, a permanent member of the Security Council, continues to protect him with the threat of using its veto. One reason Beijing stands behind Mr. Bashir is oil. China is trying to diversify its oil sources beyond the crisis-prone Middle East, and Africa is one obvious alternative.

Already, some 7 percent of China’s imported oil comes from Sudan. Another factor is Beijing’s extreme sensitivity to any U.N. encroachments on national sovereignty.

China fears that by assenting to U.N. intervention in Darfur over the protests of the Sudanese government, it might open the door to unwanted meddling in its own affairs — with regard to Tibet, for example. No such precedent would be established, however, if China used its influence with Mr. Bashir to win his agreement to a U.N. force.

as noted by many China has been a huge obstacle ….the pressure needs to be on China.

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2 Comments

Posted by on August 4, 2006 in Bookmarks, China

 

2 responses to “Dar what???? China needs to stand down for Darfur

  1. jacob

    August 4, 2006 at 11:13 am

    China has always been a problem in relationship to anything that the UN tries to accomplish but the UN is often impotent anyway.

     
  2. Genocide Intervention Network

    August 10, 2006 at 9:59 am

    This article about China and Darfur by Genocide Intervention Network Representative and UNICEF spokesperson Ronan Farrow might interest you.

    “Sudan has purchased the best protection in the world: a veto-wielding member on the U.N. Security Council willing to ensure that Khartoum’s campaign of human destruction in Darfur can continue. … China is underwriting the first genocide of the 21st Century, and using their political weight to ensure that it is not stopped.”

    Ronan and his mother Mia Farrow were also recently interviewed by the Holocaust Museum.

     

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