China Appoints Africa Envoy to Focus on Darfur – Francois Bougon

From South Africa’s Mail and Guardian:

China has appointed a seasoned diplomat as its special Africa envoy, with a brief to focus on , the government said on Thursday, amid growing criticism of Beijing’s role in Sudan.

“The Chinese government has decided to name Ambassador Liu Guijin as a special representative for African affairs,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told reporters in Beijing. [Full text]

– Also on the topic of Darfur, read a letter from 107 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to President Hu Jintao, “urging the Chinese government to take immediate action to save innocent lives and help bring an end the conflict in Darfur.”

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