Written: 2007 | Published: February 18, 2021

Arms, oil, and Darfur: The evolution of relations between China and Sudan

This Issue Brief surveys the available public information on China–Sudan relations, with particular emphasis on the arms trade, the oil economy, and the conflict in Darfur. While the primary focus is on contemporary relations, a historical perspective on the political, economic, and defence links between the two countries provides a more sophisticated assessment of current dynamics. Recognizing the opportunities and constraints presented by this ‘special relationship’ might enhance the international community’s capacity to identify and exploit entry points for mediation with Khartoum.

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