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Vol 52 No 13

Published 24th June 2011


Blood and oil

Khartoum has intensified its war in central Sudan to crush its Nuba opponents and keep control of oil exports before partition

After launching another war against his opponents and threatening to cut off South Sudan’s oil, President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir will meet top officials in China next week in his first trip outside Africa and the Middle East as an indicted war criminal. With Southern Independence on 9 July, Beijing worries about its oil supplies as the confrontation between Khartoum and Juba edges towards outright war (AC Vol 52 No 12, Edging towards the brink). Meanwhile, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) worries it will lose most of its oil revenue, the buttress of its political control. Omer could return with a Chinese proposal.

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