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China Says Role in Darfur Crisis Misunderstood བརྙན་འཕྲིན།


China's special envoy to Darfur says some opposition forces in the violence-plagued Sudanese region have a distorted view of Beijing's role there.

Speaking at a conference on Darfur in the Chinese capital Thursday, Liu Guijin blamed the situation on western media outlets and non-governmental groups operating in Darfur.

But Liu says China's contribution to solving the violence has been generally welcomed by the various parties involved.

Darfur has been mired in five years of conflict between rebels, the Sudanese government and government-backed Arab militias. The United Nations says up to 300-thousand people have been killed and some two-and-a-half million people have been displaced due to the conflict.

Beijing buys much of its oil from the eastern African nation, making it one of Khartoum's strongest allies.

Its role in Sudan received international attention in February, when U.S. film director Steven Spielberg resigned as artistic advisor to the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games. He said Beijing was not active enough in resolving the crisis in Darfur.
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