Tuesday, August 7, 2012

China, South Sudan and FOCAC

Saferworld, an independent non-governmental organization based in London that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict, published in August a series of short papers dealing with China and South Sudan.

The first by Steven Kuo, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, is titled "Not Looking to Lead: Beijing's View of the Crisis between the two Sudans." The second by Laura Barber, PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, and Xiao Yuhua, researcher at the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University in eastern China, is titled "Win-Win? China's Economic Engagement with South Sudan." The third by Thomas Wheeler, project coordinator of Saferworld's China Program, is titled "Development through Peace: Could China's Economic Co-operation with South Sudan Be More Conflict-Sensitive?" Wheeler concludes that together with other players, China can focus attention through continuing pressure on both sides to de-escalate the conflict, creating sustainable channels for dialogue and helping identify immediate measures to defuse hot issues.

Click here to read the essays.

Click here to access a Saferworld blog post titled "Changing perceptions: reflections on the fifth Forum on China-Africa Co-operation."

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