Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Will killing of oil workers harden China's Darfur policy?

The Christian Science Monitor newspaper (US)
29 October 2008

KHARTOUM - At least three Chinese oil workers were killed by Darfur rebels Monday, according to the Sudanese government.

But the accused rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which has been fighting the Sudanese government for close to six years in Darfur, said it had nothing to do with the incident, accusing the government of trying to distract the international community from its own crimes in Darfur.

Nine employees of the China National Petroleum Corp. were kidnapped on Oct. 18 while working at an oil field in the central Sudanese state of South Kordofan, which neighbors the troubled Darfur region and straddles the contested border between Sudan's north and south.

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