China vows to develop South Sudan, improves cooperation

China’s Jinping (right) with South Sudan’s Kiir (left) in Beijing on August 31, 2018.

Juba, April 11, 2019 (SSNA) — China’s new Ambassador to South Sudan, Hua Ning, said his country is ready to improve bilateral relation to developing the war-wracked young nation, China-state runs Xinhua reported.

The announcement comes barely a day before Sudanese President Omar al Bashir was forced out of power by the military.

At a news conference in Juba, the Chinese Ambassador stated that he feels a responsibility to work hand in hand with South Sudan’s government to further advance the interests of the two countries.

“While I feel honoured to be the new ambassador, I also feel heavy responsibility on how we can work together to advance the mutual interest and mutual friendship between our two countries. I will spare no efforts to promoting the already very good and sound relationship between our two countries and our two peoples,” Hua Ning said.

Hua hopes the deal which was signed last year in the Sudanese capital Khartoum would bring peace to the country and that China is ready to help.

“We hope that peace will finally come to South Sudan. China will always be ready to support the peace process and the efforts made by the South Sudanese people and government. I hope the South Sudanese people will unite for peace, unite for development,” the Ambassador explained.

China is the largest investor in South Sudan’s oil sector. South Sudanese government has recently announced that it has decided to adopt “oil for development” strategy and that it has agreed to give China 30,000 barrels of oil every day in exchange for roads construction.

Many South Sudanese independent observers blasted the move, calling it “modern-day corruption,” citing that the proposed roads are too few compare it with 30,000 barrels per day.

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