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China’s Oil Syndrome

My friend James Kirkchik reminds us of the real blood-for-oil superpower, China, which, because of all the unpleasantness in the Middle East, has been conducting its business with impunity: When Hu visited al-Bashir in Khartoum, all he had to offer … Read More

By / February 28, 2007

My friend James Kirkchik reminds us of the real blood-for-oil superpower, China, which, because of all the unpleasantness in the Middle East, has been conducting its business with impunity:

When Hu visited al-Bashir in Khartoum, all he had to offer the genocidal leader on the subject of Darfur was a polite request that the Sudanese president play a more "constructive role in realizing peace." Just days earlier, a Sudanese government official had accused the United States of "dismantling the Sudanese government from within" and trying to spur "international pressure on Khartoum through human rights institutions and by bringing into the country elements opposed to the government." As long as the Sudanese keep their oil spigots open, they will continue to reap Chinese rewards: During his visit, Hu bestowed on al-Bashir a $13 million interest-free loan to construct a new presidential palace and cancelled $70 million in debt. In return, China receives 60 percent of Sudan's oil output and is the country's largest foreign investor.

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