Sudan: China’s Influence a Key to Peace in Darfur, Rice Says

“China’s economic clout in Africa has grown over the years, putting it in a significant position to help end the genocide in Darfur, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a press interview in Paris.

The international community cannot continue to leave ‘innocent populations … to their fate,’ Rice said of the victims of the government-supported Jingaweit militia, which has devastated the Western Sudanese region, killing more than 200,000 people and displacing 2 million others since 2003.

Rice said in a June 25 interview with French television that the Chinese ‘do have a special relationship with the Khartoum government and recently they’ve begun to speak out about the need for the Khartoum government to live up to the obligations it has repeatedly taken [to protect Darfuris] and then not followed through.’

‘I really do believe that the Chinese government will do now what it has said it will do, which is to use its relationship to push the Khartoum government forward’ to end the crisis in Darfur, Rice said in the French television interview.”

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