The Washington Post reports on developments in China’s role in the ongoing crisis in Darfur, Sudan:
The U.S. special envoy to Sudan said Friday that China has pushed the Sudanese government recently to help resolve the bloody Darfur conflict and ease the plight of the region’s nearly 3 million refugees.
The Chinese intervention marked a shift from past policy under which Beijing seemed reluctant to use its influence in Sudan, according to the envoy, Andrew S. Natsios. “I think they’re engaging much more aggressively,” Natsios said at a news briefing after four days of talks here with Chinese officials. [Full text]