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Sudan: China

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether progress was made during Liu Guijin’s visit to the UK on co-operation between the UK and China on issues pertaining to Darfur and Sudan; and if he will make a statement. (189993)

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agreed with Chinese Premier Wen, when they met in Beijing in January, that they would work together to advance both political talks and deployment of the UN-African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur. Since then my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has discussed the issues further with Premier Wen and Chinese State Councillor Tang, and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary with the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang, in advance of his visit to China last month.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development, along with other ministerial colleagues and officials, has also raised these points with the Chinese Special Envoy for Africa, during the envoy’s visit this week to London and in particular have encouraged him to urge restraint on all sides during his forthcoming talks in Khartoum and N’Djamena.