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Vol 6 (AAC) No 12

Published 1st October 2013

South Sudan

Wooing Juba

Talks about a loan worth US$1-2 billion and finance for mining and energy projects show the growing strength of relations

Diplomats from Beijing continue their courtship of the South Sudan government, with substantive talks about new billion-dollar loans and promises of Chinese diplomatic support. All this is intended to keep the oil flowing. Initially, China and South Sudan had failed to gel diplomatically; Beijing’s support for Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir did not help and economic ties barely extended beyond the oil sector. Now relations are increasingly warm.

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