Magazine article Insight on the News

Chinese Troops Wreak Havoc in Southern Sudan

Magazine article Insight on the News

Chinese Troops Wreak Havoc in Southern Sudan

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As the debate concerning whether to grant "permanent normal trade relations" or PNTR, to China heats up in the Senate, Amnesty International reports that Chinese troops have assisted in ethnic cleansing and rape in southern Sudan.

The China National Petroleum Co., or CNPC, wholly owned by the People's Republic of China, has a 40 percent share in an oil-extraction project in the Sudan called the Greater Nile Petroleum and Oil Corp. (see China's Abuses Ignored for Profit, Dec. 20, 1999). Amnesty reports that to build the pipeline, armed guards from China participated in displacing the indigenous Sudanese population.

To raise more funds, CNPC offered 10 percent of shares in its subsidiary, PetroChina, on the New York Stock Exchange in March. After much protest from human-rights and national-security groups about Sudanese oil profits going to further fund genocide, PetroChina scaled back its offering by $7 million.

North and south Sudan have been at war since the early 1980s, resulting in more than 2 million deaths and the displacement of more than 4 million. The U.S. State Department since 1993 has labeled Sudan a totalitarian, terrorism-sponsoring state, and President Clinton slapped sanctions on the nation in 1997. …

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