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CHINA - UNITED NATIONS
Beijing applauds the UN decision to send 26 thousand soldiers to Darfur
Sudan defines the initiative as “practical”. Their role is limited to safeguarding the population; they will be able to use force. China’s pressure on Khartoum decisive. Spielberg joins the lobby to boycott the Beijing Olympics if the massacre is not halted.
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Beijing has applauded the UN Security Council decision to send a new peace force of 26 thousand troops to Sudan to stop the Darfur massacre. Yesterday, just hours after the decision, the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi commented “This is the result of concerted effort and should be fully recognised and encouraged”.
On the night of July 31st the Security Council also voted on the use of force in protecting Darfur civilians. Sudan said it considered the decision to be “practical” following changes brought in shortly before the vote; among them the power of peace forces to requisition arms was withdrawn. EU foreign policy Chief Javier Solana, who was also in Manila, said China's influence over Sudan was clear.
China is Sudan's biggest arms supplier and oil customer. It had previously urged the international community not to pressure Khartoum about Darfur. It had been accused of safeguarding its own economic interests with Khartoum. This is why so many human rights groups have proposed to boycott the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, if China failed to use its influence on Sudan to resolve the massacre in Darfur, where in four years of fighting it is estimated that over 200 thousand people have died and 2 million be made featured.
The proposal gained consensus among important world figures, such as US actors Mia Farrow, George Clooney, Brad Pitt. On July 27 film maker Steven Spielberg, who is also artistic director for the Olympics had threatened to leave his post if China did not take on a more decisive position towards Sudan, to make them accept the UN peace keepers and to “stop the genocide”.
14/03/2008 CHINA - SUDAN
90% of the weapons for Darfur come from China
Beijing, in violation of the UN veto, sells weapons and receives oil in exchange. Human Rights First insists that, to stop the genocide, these sales must be stopped above all.
18/02/2009 CHINA - SUDAN
China hails agreement between Sudan and Darfur rebel group
The Chinese press calls it the beginning of a true reconciliation. Comments from other countries are much more cautious. Dispute continues at United Nations between those who want to try the Sudanese president for genocide and those who, like Beijing, do not want direct interventions.
26/02/2008 CHINA - SUDAN
Beijing censures Khartoum on the use of peace forces in Darfur
Unusual criticism from China during a diplomatic mission to Sudan. Beijing confirms its solidarity with the population living in Darfur, and calls the Sudanese government to employ international peacekeeping forces.
14/07/2008 CHINA - SUDAN
Satellite photos, eyewitnesses reveal Beijing selling weapons to Sudan, despite embargo
An investigation by the BBC provides, for the first time, proof of Chinese jets and heavy weaponry used against civilians, sold in spite of the embargo. Beijing is not responding, while the UN is asking to examine the evidence.
21/10/2010 CHINA - SUDAN
Chinese bullets against peacekeepers in Darfur
According to the annual report on sanctions against Sudan, submitted to the UN Security Council, various types of ammunition used in attacks against the peacekeeping force are made in China. Beijing blocks accusations, trying to conceal the report.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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