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China’s interests in Sudan brings diplomatic cover

China’s trade and oil interests in Sudan have induced the permanent U.N. Security Council member to provide diplomatic cover for the government accused by many of war crimes against its own people, analysts say. Sudan has had its back against the wall of the U.N. headquarters in New York during the past 18 months over the conflict in Darfur, where tens of thousands of people have died as a result of violence the United States called genocide. But the specter of a Chinese veto has shielded Sudan from possible sanctions over the conflict and in turn protected a growing source of much-needed oil for Beijing. “This is RealPolitik,” said Adwoa Kufuor, a human rights analyst on Sudan. “Yes China has economic interests … and yes China will not risk offending the government of Sudan.” Full Story

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