When asked if China is following a neo-colonialist policy in Sudan and South Sudan, I replied that it is not. Its policy can be described as mercantilist just as the policy of most Western countries can be so described. Both China and the West are relying on Africa primarily as a source of raw materials, especially oil and minerals.
While China still has substantial leverage in Khartoum and more than most observers realize in Juba, its policy is constrained by an ideological reluctance to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations. This may restrain China from putting pressure on Khartoum to compromise with Juba. In South Sudan, it also faces