U.S. Envoy: China’s “Narrow Focus” on Oil in South Sudan “Won’t Work”

by Colonel on January 31, 2013

“China needs to move beyond a narrow focus on oil issues in South Sudan and help tackle that country’s larger political disputes with Sudan, the outgoing U.S. special envoy to the two African states said on Wednesday.

Ambassador Princeton Lyman said he had worked closely with Chinese officials more than two years, during which time South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 to become the world’s newest nation.

China is Sudan’s biggest ally and is the largest investor in the oil industry there and in South Sudan – a position that Western diplomats say gives Beijing the best chance of defusing tensions between Khartoum and Juba over sharing oil wealth and ending violence on both sides of their shared boundary.

China has long held up as its foreign policy mantra non-interference in countries’ internal affairs, a principle it first enunciated in 1954.

” — (Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Cynthia Osterman), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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