China says linking Olympics with Darfur issue against Olympic Spirit 2008-02-14 22:39:18   Print

Special report:   2008 Olympic Games 

    BEIJING, Feb.14 (Xinhua) -- China said Thursday it exerts positive efforts to resolve Darfur issue, and that linking the issue to the Olympic Games will not help and is against the Olympic Spirit that separates sports from politics.

    "We noticed recent discussions and acts on China's stance on Darfur issue. According to my knowledge, some are out of the concerns over the situation there, but others tried to link the issue with China's policy on Sudan and Beijing Olympic Games," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a regular press conference.

    "It is understandable if they do not understand the Chinese government policy on Darfur," said Liu. "But if they are politically motivated, we will not accept."

    Liu said China has made unremitting efforts to resolve the Darfur issue, a fact that is obvious to anyone in the international community that is not biased against China.

    China helped push forward Sudanese government, African Union and United Nations reaching consensus on sending hybrid force to Darfur.

    "This did not come easily and our efforts have been recognized by the international community," Liu said.

    In order to improve the humanitarian situation in Darfur, China have provided material assistance worth 80 million RMB (11 million U.S. dollars) to Darfur, 1.8 million U.S. dollars aid to African Union, and 500,000 U.S. dollars donation to the U.N. fund for solving Darfur issue.

    China has promised to send a 315-strong engineering unit to Darfur. A 140-member advance troop is already in Darfur, and more will be gradually deployed.

    Besides, China's special representative on African issue have visited Sudan three times since taking office last May.

    Chinese enterprises in Sudan also provided many assistance and constructed many projects there. According to Liu, in recent years, Chinese companies had helped dig 46 wells, build 20 small-scale power plants in Darfur and water supply projects in southern and northern Darfur states, as well as provide teaching equipments.

    "On the issue of Darfur, empty rhetoric will not help," Liu said. "What is most important is to do substantial things to promote peace process there and alleviate the humanitarian crisis," he said, calling for objective and just treatment on China's stance.

China to continue discussion with Sudan on Darfur issue 

    BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) --  China's position on Darfur issue is very clear, and its starting point is to push forward the reconciliation process in the region so as to ease the humanitarian crisis and restore stability and development in the region and help people there to get rid of the difficulties in their life, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said here Thursday. Full story

Linking Olympics with Darfur issue "strongly" opposed

    BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The practice of using the Olympic Games to hype political issues such as Darfur, is of apparent political intention, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told a routine press conference. "Such practice violates the Olympic spirit and principle, and will never succeed."

    China is firmly opposed to those persons or organizations who hype particular issues in the name of the Olympics, said Jiang in response to the question that whether China would put more pressure on Sudan as someone considered China's continued support for the regime in Sudan could tarnish the Olympics. Full story

China, Britain agree on multi-party negotiations for peace in Darfur 

    BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- China and Britain  agreed that the role of the consultation mechanism, involving the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the Sudanese government as the main channel for solving the Darfur issue, should continue to promote UN-AU hybrid actions and the political progress in Darfur. Full story

Editor: Yan Liang
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