China Commits To Support Peace In South Sudan

The Chinese government through its Embassy in Juba has committed to support peace in South Sudan.

China Commits To Support Peace In South Sudan
Chinese Ambassador, He Xiangdong signs the Revitalized Peace Agreement as IGAD Ambassador Ismail Wais witnesses [Photo credit|Kitab A Unango]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 05 DECEMBER 2018[Gurtong]
-On Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador He Xiangdong signed the document of the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan nearly three months after its first signing by the parties to the agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The signing was witnessed by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais.

“The government of China has decided to sign this Revitalized Peace Agreement because we believe with support of international community this peace will be successful,” Ambassador Xiangdong said.

He added that China being member of the International community has to show its support and commitment to the peace process in South Sudan by signing the peace agreement document.
China and the Troika countries (US, UK and Norway) that were part of the failed 2015 peace agreement did not sign the 2018 R-ARCSS.

Ambassador Xiangdong said government of China took long to sign the agreement because it had to study the full text of the agreement.

“The only technical issue is that the text of the agreement came very late almost at the same day of the signing on September 12. So we had to go through the whole text before China government signs to witness the agreement,” he said.

Ambassador Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy, acknowledged the government of China for supporting the peace process.

“I am thankful for the great support they gave it this peace process and to the people of South Sudan,” he said adding that many of the bodies of the agreement have been formed.
He said the Technical Boundaries Commission was constituted this week in Juba.
“That means we are bringing the activities of the implementation of the agreement to Juba,” Amb. Wais said.

South Sudan and China enjoy good relationship, and China is the largest trading partner of South Sudan. In 2017, trade between China and South Sudan was 1.32 billion US dollars, with China's imports from South Sudan at 1.268 billion US dollars and China's exports to South Sudan at 55 million US dollars.

China also helps South Sudan complete some projects, including Rebuilding and Expansion of Juba International Airport, Rumbek Kiir Mayardit Women's Hospital, Juba China Friendship Secondary School, Jubek Model Martyrs Secondary School, Yapa Primary School, Conference Facility for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Juba Traffic Lights System etc. The Renovation and Expanding of Juba Teaching Hospital and some other projects are under construction.


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