As China becomes the world economic force it appears they too are now willing to fight for a peoples 'freedom'.
It begs the question: why do we act as peacekeepers? Is China simply honest about its motives for moving into the peace keeping arena? and are our
western alliances simply masking our peacekeeping under the guise of freedom, as opposed to true economic underlying motives.
China has invested billions in to the Sudan
Southern Sudan is a oil rich country
Sudan is going to the vote shortly to see if the south will secede.
Do not underestimate the importance of this cog in the wheel of international politics and economics.
The Sudan for China is positioned as such that it has become its foothold into africa, and the middle east. The decision to secede, has a strong
chance of seeing civil war return to the country, a war that China can nil afford when considering the that oil production would be disrupted, and
Chinas investements/oil pipeline compromised.
With an estimated 24,000 of its citizens living there and billions of dollars worth of investments in the country, China is the key foreign
player in Khartoum. When the US oil giant Chevron pulled out of Sudan - beginning in 1984 when three of its employees were killed and culminating in
1992 when it finally sold all of its Sudanese interests - the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) stepped in. It now has
controlling stakes in the biggest energy consortiums operating in Sudan, giving China an estimated 60 per cent share of the 490,000 barrels of crude
oil produced daily. It also constructed the 1,500km pipeline that connects the oil fields of the south with Port Sudan in the north - from where the
oil is exported. But with oil accounting for more than 90 per cent of government revenues in the south, compared to just over 40 per cent in the
north, there is a possibility that Khartoum could close the pipeline should the south vote for independence.
China since the 1990s has had too elsewhere to supply its oil resources, and is since focused with a almost fevered intent on 'exploiting' the natural
reserves of third worlds unstable countries (sound familiar anyone, hows it feel looking into a mirror?)
In the early 1990s, the Chinese government projected that it could have a shortfall of about 50 million tons of crude oil (30 percent of its oil
needs) in 2000, while domestic crude output remained static at 160 million tons. China therefore had to rely on its ability to stake out oil reserves
abroad. Oil analysts projected that China would become an oil importer�at the mercy of non-Chinese oil producing states and companies�within five
years.1391 China set about becoming a global player in the oil industry. Chinese officials wanted “to have a 10-million-ton-oil supply from overseas
a year by 2000 and 50 million tons of oil and 50 billion cubic meters of gas by 2010.
By 1997, according to CNPC’s then president, Zhou Yongkang, China was “very aggressive in buying foreign oil and gas fields.”1393 The CNPC
brought its first shipment of foreign crude oil to China in 1997.1394
CNPC, a government-owned corporation, acting through a wholly-owned subsidiary, took the largest share, 40 percent, in the GNPOC consortium on
December 6, 1996, when Arakis sold 75 percent of its interest in the project to three other companies to form that consortium.1395 The Sudanese
project was expected to produce up to ten million tons of oil a year for China by 2000, which would by itself help meet China’s projected oil import
target for 2000.1396”
Enter a pipeline...again....sound familiar anyone?
In 1998, CNPC’s construction arm, China Petroleum Engineering & Construction (Group) Corporation (CPECC), participated in the construction of the
1,500-kilometer-long GNPOC pipeline to the Red Sea. It also built a refinery near Khartoum with a 2.5 million-ton processing capacity. It further
engaged in “10 million tons oilfield surface engineering.” The Sudan project became “the first overseas large oilfield operated by China,”
according to the Chinese
Should the south secede, It will allow for western investments in the south, it puts the west in a positoion where they want to see instabilty
possibly to gain investment access in the oil rich south, currently monopolised by China.
Religious Freedom (U.S. CIRF),1412 a creation of the U.S. Congress, on November 1, 1999, asked the U.S. Treasury to extend the stringent 1997
economic sanctions imposed on U.S. companies doing business with Sudan to CNPC and others using American debt and equity markets to raise money for
the Sudan oil project. The grounds were that CNPC’s oil interest in Sudan would fund a “war against the south . . . patterns of forced conversion
to Islam, manipulation of food aid, bombing of refugee camps, hospitals, churches, and other civilian targets, as well as enslavement.”1413 This
pressure came just as the Clinton administration was launching an effort to persuade Congress to approve China’s admission into the World Trade
Succession will open up trade opportunites with the west, and the sanctions imposed by the US will apply only to Khartoum with whom China has
traditionally managed its relationship. Will the US secretly support the south? what will play out here?
But despite China's growing ties with the south and the south's need for investment, southerners may not have entirely forgotten Beijing's
traditional support for Khartoum. And as US sanctions will only apply to the north should the south secede, the new country could potentially be open
to new investors from the West.
The Sudan is a perfect microcosm of how a great power can financially control a country and keep it underdeveloped and destabalised. With such oil
richness, the nation is a mess. When you hear about a possible new war in the Sudan, dont think it has to do with national and religious freedoms, its
about the resource from this country provides 90% of its' revenue. Religion and ethnic sensibilitiues as always will simply be a shiny suit donned to
communicating with the government of South Sudan while it is not an official sovereign entity, it is partially abandoning its 'non-interference
policy' and its traditional reluctance to engage with separatist movements .
"They are beginning to realise that a strict 'non-interference' policy is political and diplomatic nonsense. The very relationship between China and
an African state is a political act that has implications. The relationship creates a political dynamic that implies support for the ruling group.
China is already in dialogue and intefering with southern factions, not only did they make it possiblte to export the oil, they funded AND supplied
the arms for its conflicts.
Weapons deliveries from China to Sudan since 1995 have included ammunition, tanks, helicopters, and fighter aircraft. China also became a major
supplier of antipersonnel and antitank mines after 1980, according to a Sudanese government official.1387 The SPLA in 1997 overran government garrison
towns in the south, and in one town alone, Yei, a Human Rights Watch researcher saw eight Chinese 122 mm towed howitzers, five Chinese-made T-59
tanks, and one Chinese 37 mm anti-aircraft gun abandoned by the government army.1388 Human Rights Watch concluded that while China’s motivation for
this arms trade appeared to be primarily economic, China made available easy financing for some of these arms purchases.1
China is in negotiations to build a new pipleline basically monopolising totally the oil resources movement....and this pipeline will offer alternate
routefrom the landlocked south.....so if it goes ahead....freedom be damned right?
So this time they are ditching their non intervenion policies, as the outcome will have enourmous economic impact on them and other neighbouring
countries that are unstable that they are investiing in.
But with both the north and south rearming, Beijing is keen to ensure that the referendum does not result in renewed instability, which could
threaten its multi-billion dollar investments and potentially impact its growing interests in neighbouring countries like Ethiopia, Chad and
China the truthful peacekeepers? Your thoughts? And what will the US do?
China has sent a delegation to the south to observe the referendum and a foreign ministry spokesman has stressed Beijing's hopes that the vote
will be held in a "fair, free, transparent and peaceful atmosphere and that all parties involved should be committed to peace and stability". In
turn, the government of South Sudan has assured China that its investments will be protected if the south secedes from the north.
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