China urged dialogue as the way to resolve the Darfur crisis as it defended
its continued involvement Tuesday in the war-torn region.
China has been "playing a constructive role in getting these problems
settled," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.
"We hope to press ahead with relevant parties to solve this issue peacefully
and properly," she said at a regular briefing. "Dialogue and consultation are
the correct and effective way to solve the Darfur issue."
More than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced since
February 2003, when ethnic African tribesmen took up arms, complaining of
decades of neglect and discrimination by the Khartoum government. Sudanese
authorities responded by unleashing both the military and government-backed
Jiang said that China has attached "great importance" to the effects of the
work and that cooperation between the two sides is based on "equality and mutual
"The construction of that dam is very important to improving people's
livelihood and it helps to improve people's living standards," she said.
"We hope that the congressmen of the United States can understand correctly
China's position on the Darfur issue and the efforts China has been making,"
Jiang said. "We believe that the settlement of the Darfur issue should be based
on the respect of the sovereignty of the government of Sudan and it should be
Trade between China and Africa has quadrupled over the last decade,
generating US$40 billion in 2005. Beijing has also become a major supplier of
aid, last year announcing US$10 billion in assistance from 2006 to 2009.
The African Development Bank's annual meeting is being hosted this week in
Shanghai, with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attending the opening ceremony on
Wednesday, a sign of China's growing engagement with the