Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Being Greeted By Chinese Official After Arriving in Beijing for the Sino-African Summit
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CHINA HITS BACK AT BRITISH LAWMAKERS OVER DARFUR PRESSURE
China on Tuesday criticised a group of British politicians for linking Beijing's hosting of next year's Olympics with the violence in Sudan's Darfur region.
"This is not responsible at all, they disregard China's constructive efforts and role (in Sudan)," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said when asked to comment on the pressure from the British politicians.
In a letter sent to the Chinese embassy in London on Monday, 100 current and former British lawmakers urged Beijing to back a peacekeeping force for Darfur.
They also called on China to stop selling weapons to the Khartoum government that is accused of fanning the violence.
"The 2008 Olympics will celebrate the dramatic transformation
undergone by China," said former foreign minister David Owen as the letter was released.
"Over the coming months, China has a real opportunity to exert global leadership on Darfur.
"Beijing's active involvement in providing for an effective
peacekeeping force and bringing an end to the suffering would be the ideal prelude to a successful Games."
China, which is the biggest buyer of Sudan's oil, has consistently rejected accusations it is worsening Darfur's agony by supporting the Sudanese government.
Liu again defended the nation's Sudan policy.
"China plays a constructive role in the Darfur issue. The
constructive role of China can be seen by all," he said.
The violence in Darfur has led to the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people in four years, with another two million displaced.