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China pressures Sudanese government

In an unusual announcement, China called for its ally Sudan to do more to stop the violence in Darfur, the BBC reported.

China’s envoy Liu Guijin said Sudan is a “humanitarian disaster? and a grave concern to the Chinese government. He said more must be done to allow peacekeepers to arrive sooner.

China is an ally of Sudan’s government. It sells weapons to the region and buys much of its oil. As a result of this close relationship, China has been criticized for supporting the Sudanese government. Critics have called for China to pressure the government to end the fighting in the Sudanese region of Darfur.

The BBC said China wants to make sure criticism does not “overshadow? the Olympic Games in Beijing in August. It wants to defend its economic investments in Sudan, while simultaneously seeming to take aggressive steps against the Darfur violence.