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Summary 23.05.2012

China and Conflict-Affected States:

The Case of Sudan and South Sudan

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Paneldiscussion on April 27, 2012

by Witold HAMETTER and Blanka HECKERMANN

China is among the rising powers that are transforming the current world order. That’s why Saferworld has elaborated the report 

"China and conflict affected states, between principle and pragmatism".

The one year long research has focused on China’s engagement in Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. In these countries, China has become a major player over the past five years. Nevertheless, there is no single Chinese position regulating the actions of the different Chinese actors who are engaged in the fragile states. State owned enterprises, especially in the energy sector, often capture the headlines and play a major role. But there are also provincial and private companies and private individuals, who are all driven by their own profit incentives. Strictly controlling all these actors is not possible. 

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