The Chinese government has made unremitting efforts to help
resolve the crisis in Sudan's western region of Darfur, said Chinese Ambassador to Sudan Li
Chengwen in an interview with Xinhua reporter based in Khartoum on
Li's statement came as a response to Hollywood movie director
Steven Spielberg's action of withdrawal from 2008 Beijing Olympics,
linking the Games to the nation's involvement in Sudan.
Spielberg on Wednesday announced his decision of withdrawal from
2008 Beijing Olympics as an artistic advisor, citing concerns over
the crisis in Darfur and saying that China wasn't doing enough to
pressure Sudan over the conflict in the region.
China is very concerned about the crisis in Darfur, and we have
been making unremitting efforts to help resolve the crisis, Li
Firstly, China has been working closely with the United Nations
to resolve the Darfur crisis through political means, said the
On July 31 last year, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution
1769, authorizing the deployment a hybrid UN and African Union (AU)
force in Darfur, which marks a great achievement in the settlement
of the crisis there.
China helped push forward the Sudanese government, the AU and
the UN reaching consensus on the resolution on the hybrid force to
Darfur, which did not come easily and our efforts have been
applauded by the international community, Li said.
China also made proposals on the peaceful settlement of the
Darfur issue, which were approved by various parties concerned.
What's more, last year when Sudan and the UN differed over the
deployment of hybrid peacekeeping forces, China appointed Liu
Guijin, a veteran diplomat as a special envoy on the issue, who
traveled to Khartoum three times to persuade the Sudanese
government to accept the UN resolution.
Liu also attended two peace talks on Darfur, and shuttled
between the United States, major African countries, the UN, the AU,
the Arab Union and the European Union, to facilitate the
communication and coordination between various parties on the
The Chinese government has also maintained sound communication
with the Sudanese government, held discussions with it on the basis
of respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
China sees to it that the concerns of the Sudanese government
are heard, while conveying to the government the international
community's concern over Darfur.
Secondly, China has actively participated in the hybrid
peacekeeping efforts in Darfur upheld by the UN and the AU, and is
the first non-African country to sent peacekeeping troops to the
China has promised to send a 315-strong engineering unit to
Darfur. A 140-member advance troop arrived in Darfur last November,
the first UN peacekeeping force there in the region, and more will
be gradually deployed.
The Chinese engineering troops have been actively engaged in the
construction and other works in the UN peacekeeping camps, their
outstanding contribution there won them hearty praises from the
locals, and UN officials there said Chinese peacekeeping forces are
making miracles happen there.
Thirdly, in order to improve the humanitarian situation in
Darfur, China has provided material assistance worth 80 million RMB
(about 11 million U.S. dollars) to Darfur, 1.8 million US dollars
aid to African Union, and 500,000 U.S. dollars donation to the U.N.
fund for solving Darfur issue, and Chinese firms have also offered
Fourthly, China also has encouraged entrepreneurs to help the
development in the Darfur region.
In recent years, Chinese companies have helped dig 46 wells,
build 20 small-scale power plants in Darfur and water supply
projects in southern and northern Darfur states. Chinese companies
also provided computer equipment and facilitated technical training
in the region.
Therefore, as is obvious to anyone in the international
community that is not biased against China, China has been playing
its due part in helping resolve the Darfur issue, and that stance
of China definitely deserves objective and just treatment, Li
(Xinhua News Ageny February 17, 2008)