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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following changes brought in shortly before the vote; among them the power of peace forces to requisition arms was withdrawn.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.
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
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