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Kiir cuts short China trip due to "domestic issues"


April 25, 2012 (LONDON) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir will cut short his visit to China due to what a Chinese official described as "domestic issues."

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir views an honour guard with Chinese Ppresident Hu Jintao (not seen) during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing on 24 April 2012 (Photo: AP/Alexander F. Yuan)

Kiir’s visit to Beijing was due to last until Saturday and comes as fighting between his country and neighbouring Sudan over their disputed oil-rich border continues.

The Chairman of China’s National People’s Congress, Wu Bangguo, who met Kiir today, said it was unfortunate the South Sudanese leader would be leaving early and not travelling to Shanghai as planned.

It was not yet clear when Kiir will depart for Juba.

On Tuesday Kiir met with the Chinese President Hu Jintao, describing the bombings of South Sudanese territory by the Sudan Armed Forces as a declaration of war.

China is being careful not to take sides in the spat and has repeatedly urged the two sides to return to negotiations over the border, oil, citizenship, trade, national debt and other issues.

Beijing said it will send an envoy to the two East African countries to promote talks, VOA reported.


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  • 25 April 2012 21:18, by Thiang Geka

    Indeed, a lot of tame issues are in pending and they need a quick solutions Mr President. Just come back because a Communist country like China which is a best friend to Sudan since we had been/are at war with Khartoum will never tell you the truth rather the oil’s interest.

  • 25 April 2012 21:18, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Mr. President, don’t trust Chinese because they are looking out for their interest. China wouldn’t give a damn until they are paid. China sold lots of weapons to Khartoum imbeciles.
    China knows Khartoum had killed 2.5 millions southerns. And Khartoum has killed almost one million Darfur citizens. Bashir is the world’s most wanted criminal... dead or alive.

  • 25 April 2012 21:47, by mohammed ali

    What an embarrassment! Let us speculate about what is going on? 1- Did Machar did it? Did he turned the table upside down or on the way of doing that. He diverted all the blame on Salva and started blaming Nihal Deng planing to change him with Barnaba. 2- Did the SSLA/M took over Bentiue or did Gadet defected to join them? 3- Did Salva came empty handed from China. 4- Are the Americans....con

    • 25 April 2012 21:53, by mohammed ali

      ..not happy with his visit, and he is listening very late, as usual! All in all it is a big failure & embarrassment.Whatever is reason it will cosolidate the position of Machar. It very unlikely that China will take the risk of putting $ 10 billions in a very unsecure, very unsafe country with emotional unpredictable minister who can kick investors out of the country in 24h over foolish accusation

      • 25 April 2012 22:02, by mohammed ali

        ..China wouldn’t build a pipe-line to export it’s own share of the oil at a very high cost, while there is a very cheap one ready to use. The happiest person on Earth now would " presidential hopeful" Dr. Riek Machar.This will add points to his position in his battle against what he consders as ignorant uncompitent presiden. Wait & see!

  • 25 April 2012 22:20, by wad balad

    Dear Cowboy,

    You are new to this but i should let you know that war and development dont go together. You cannot attack a foriegn country one day and try to convince investors the next day. Regarding your oil industry u can forget about it.At the moment a new non feasable $10 billion Oil pipeline to lamu or la la land is only an attractive target for SAF MiG 29’s. Machar its your time to lead.

  • 25 April 2012 22:50, by Mohamed

    I doubt that Kiir and Pagan are going to be allowed to land in Juba.
    Congratulations president Machar. well planned and well done!
    They were both behind the Heglig catastrophe.
    Now we can build peace and prosperity between the 2 Sudans.
    Pagan can join his family in London, he already has over 100 million dollars stored in his sons account.

    • 25 April 2012 23:14, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Mohamed,

      Quit being a stupid ass. Stay with the article.

      Bashir is the world’s most wanted criminal dead or alive. You should be ashamed of him. Bashir a a lair a masochist.

      FYI ... Bashir is in business of killing southerns --- 2.5 millions. And he also killed almost a one million Darfur citizens. Inbreeding between relatives in the north Sudan is creating too many nincompoops.

      • 25 April 2012 23:41, by mohammed ali

        Elijah, is the article about Basheer or Darfur? It is about the surprise end of your president to China.We have to speculate, it is natural.Even if Basheer killed 10 million, wouldn’t change the fact that this visit is an embarrassment!The possible dramatic end would probably be due to the struggle over power in Juba.Machar will use effectively against Nihal Deng & his president!

        • 26 April 2012 00:24, by Michael Angelo


          What to Bashir on his way to China in 2011? Was not he embarrassed when he was stuck in the air for a whole day till he return to Iran shamelessly.

          • 26 April 2012 00:26, by Michael Angelo


            What the hell that happen to Bashir on his way to China earlier in 2011? Was not he embarrassed when he stuck in the air for a whole day till he return to Iran shamelessly.

            • 26 April 2012 01:00, by Kurnyel

              Yes soldiers wanted to overthrown him he is a poor leader who leave his country when his country is in crisis.

        • 26 April 2012 02:41, by zulu

          You may be smart some time ago to stoke division. This ain’t the time nor will there be any time in the future. Before the war of 1983, south sudanese battled and were used to pit upon one another. Today after exposure to the outside world, they now know how supperficial ethnicity was. Though Riak comes into power, he is still SPLA/M and fully south sudanese not serving any one.

        • 26 April 2012 03:20, by Marco A. Wek

          Mohammed Ali the best business south Sudan could do to the best of my knowledge even at a higher price requested by your Jehadist terrorist government would be doing it with Israel.

        • 26 April 2012 03:33, by Marco A. Wek

          Salva needs to go to Israel to make weaponry deals with them for whatever amount of our oil. The useless terrorists used for years to richened and strengthened themselves. We southern Sudanese should do the right thing and just like the Israelis say, the only good Arab or terrorist is a dead one. Black Arab such as the ones in north Sudan are not different from the others that blowing themselves

    • 26 April 2012 01:45, by George Bol


      Khartoum attempt several times in the border but fail. SPLA is performing well here. Just go and rebuild heglig that you claim. SPLA is waiting Salva Kiir Mayrdit to us the green light to go further to the North Cities like Kurmuk and Damazins. Thanks

  • 26 April 2012 01:21, by acuil deng

    Toyota Tsusho of Japan has completed the feasibility study and will build the pipeline, and not China which is the biggest buyer of the oil from the two Sudans, according
    to reuters news agency. Still good news for the South Sudanese people and their neighbours.


    • 26 April 2012 09:23, by mohammed ali

      Acuil, keep dreeming. Lying to yourself and believeing you lies! Pathetic!

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