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Vol 56 No 3

Published 6th February 2015

South Sudan

US security and Chinese capital

There’s a build-up of arms and fighters in the Upper Nile oil fields amid doubts about the latest ceasefire deal

An innovative alliance between United States' security expertise and Chinese capital – in the form of a Hong Kong-registered company called Frontier Services Group (FSG) – is giving critical support, including flying reconnaissance missions, to President Salva Kiir Mayardit's government. This comes amid scepticism about a ceasefire deal signed on 2 February with rebels led by sacked Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. There is widespread anger at the African Union's decision to block publication indefinitely of an investigation headed by Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo that found that fighters on both sides were guilty of serious human rights abuses.

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