- The Chinese government has pledged its support to Khartoum government to achieve peace in the troubled Darfur region. China believes Darfur peace would ease the tension between Sudan and its neighbour Chad.
'The Chinese special envoy to Sudan Liu Guijin said he has planned meetings in Ethiopia's and Chad's capitals Addis Ababa and N'djamena to hold talks over the Darfur peace process and to cement relations with Chad.
Mr Guijin, said his proposed visit to N'djamena aims to end the current conflict between the two neighbouring countries.
The tension between Sudan and Chad has been escalating in recent months, with the latest confrontation early May when Chadian rebels allegedly backed by Khartoum launched attacks against government troops.
China has extended a grant aid of 20 million Chinese Yuan (US$ 3 million) to Sudan for humanitarian activities in the three states of Darfur. The aid agreement was signed by Sudanese State Minister at the Ministry of International Cooperation, Elias Niamlel, and the Chinese Ambassador to Sudan, in the presence of the China's Special Envoy on Darfur issue Liu Guijin.
The Chinese envoy stressed that achieving peace and stability in the Sudan would enable the exploitation of its resources to achieve the great realisations in economic and social development, according to local newspaper 'Sudan Tribune'.
Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno said he wants a solution to a long dragging feud between his administration and Sudan.
The two neighbours have exchanged diplomatic fireworks since last year's accusation by the Khartoum administration that President Deby, had an involvement in an attack on the Sudanese capital by Darfur rebels.
China is one of the few major powers having excellent relations with the Khartoum regime, often vetoing the UN Security Council's attempts to punish the Sudanese government over the crimes against humanity it allegedly has committed in Darfur. China is also the major investor in the growing Sudanese oil sector.
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