China opposes US House resolution on Darfur issue

China on Thursday expressed its "strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition" to a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives which urged China to press Sudan on the Darfur issue.

China opposes US House resolution on Darfur issue
China on Thursday expressed its "strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition" to a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives which urged China to press Sudan on the Darfur issue.

"Disregarding China's constructive efforts over the Darfur issue, the resolution condemned China without reason, tries to link the issue with the Beijing Olympics and wantonly interfered into China's internal affairs," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a statement, carried by state-run Xinhua News Agency.

"China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the resolution and China has lodged a solemn representation to the US," Jiang said. "Out of political need, some people in the US have capitalized on the Darfur issue and attacked China out of thin air. It is completely groundless and with ulterior motives," she said, adding that the US congress sent wrong signals to the outside world.

China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, buys two-thirds of Sudan's oil exports and sells the African country weapons and military aircraft. Beijing has blocked efforts to send UN peacekeeping forces to Darfur without Sudanese consent, facing growing criticism for not doing more to stop the violence there.

Last Mod: 08 Haziran 2007, 00:06
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