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Vol 3 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2010


China weighs its options

Whatever the outcome of next January's referendum on Southern independence, China wants its oil to keep flowing

Beijing hopes that business and non-interference will win the day in Sudan. Liu Guijin, China's highest-ranking Africa envoy, told Africa-Asia Confidential that in Sudan China's 'overall concern is peace and stability'. Behind the rhetoric lie Beijing's overarching concerns that its interests be protected no matter what happens after the 9 January referendum on Southern Sudan's independence.

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