China tries to mediate Sudan oil impasse

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Posted: Dec 07, 2011 10:21 AM
China tries to mediate Sudan oil impasse

China is inserting itself into the fight over oil between Sudan and its former territory South Sudan, sending a special envoy to try to break a deadlock between two rivals.

South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told The Associated Press that Chinese diplomat Liu Guijin arrived in Juba on Wednesday. His arrival comes one week after China's Foreign Ministry publicly asked Sudan and South Sudan to resolve the issue through "friendly consultations."

China is a major buyer of and investor in Sudanese oil. It owns a stake in the two pipelines running through Sudan and has dozens of workers in the region's oil fields. Guijin will be in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, on Thursday for more talks.