The next time leftists start their no oil for blood chant, it should be in front of the Chinese embassy. Sudan is being protected in the UN by China. Why you ask? Over Sudan's oil reserves. In the menatime, the situation in Darfur is still desperate and the Sudanese government continues to wage war on the rebels there, ignoring the plight of the civilians there and at the same time killing those same civillians. David Blair explains in his article.
Without this windfall -- likely to be far larger this year -- analysts say it would be difficult for Mr. Bashir to maintain his military machine, let alone wage war against rebels in the western region of Darfur.China is energy starved, so they are more then willing to defend Sudan in the UN, despite the human rights debacle. France wants desperately to sell weapons to China. In the coming years, China's thirst for oil will increase. At some point, they may be desperate enough to seize oil fields by military means.
Energy-hungry China has invested more than $15 billion in Sudanese oil through the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), a state-owned monolith. The cost of Khartoum's new refinery alone was about $700 million.
China is dependent on Sudan for 7 percent of its oil imports.So where are the leftists? Where is their cry for the human rights violations in Sudan? Why are they not taking China to task on all of this? Where is the UN? - Sailor
When the United Nations' Security Council passed Resolution 1564, threatening Sudan with oil sanctions unless it curbed the violence in Darfur, China rendered the resolution meaningless by pledging to veto any bid to impose an embargo.
China is one of five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council, along with the United States, Britain, France and Russia.
Critics accuse China of being Sudan's chief international protector.
"It's very clear that's what is happening," said Georgette Gagnon, deputy director of the Africa desk at Human Rights Watch.
"China is now the largest foreign investor in Sudan, so it has an economic interest in ensuring that the Sudanese government is not penalized too harshly. It has been opposed to sanctions from Day One," she said.