China urges parties to engage in peaceful dialogue
By Mandela Nelson Denis
The Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, He Xiangdong in his address to high government officials, diplomats and the media said that the peace agreement is in critical moment and urged all the parties in the country to take the National Dialogue seriously and attain sustainable peace.
“Achieving peace in S. Sudan requires all parties to engage in peaceful dialogue, in the spirit of understanding and compromise, it is China’s hope that the IGAD high level revitalization programme and the National Dialogue initiative, initiated by President Salva Kiir Mayardit will yield sustainable results to bring peace back to this country”, Amb. Xiangdong said on Thursday.
He said China will always be sincere and a lovely partner of South Sudan in peace and development process. Amb. Xiangdong made this remarks during the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China celebration at the Chinese Embassy in Juba.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Stephen Dhieu Dau, in his speech appreciated China for its role in South Sudan such as peacekeeping.
“The government acknowledges and appreciates the long and fruitful relationship with the people of the Republic of China, which dated way back, before our independence.”
“We particularly value our economic cooperation; raised by sustainable development by many Chiness companies through all sectors, which to date remains the lifeline of government and the people of South Sudan,” Minister Dau said.
He said the government appreciates the role played by China in other key areas such as construction, peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, Humanitarian assistance, especially in the field of Military services.
“China is known for funding infrastructural development which include the revitalization of Juba Teaching Hospital, construction of Kiir Mayardit Hospital in Rumbek, construction of Phase one of Juba International Hospital, Construction of Conference Hall for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many other projects.”
Stephen outlined some of the key developments South Sudan has achieved with Support from China; various capacity building projects where a number of South Sudanese have been targeted for various training, facilitated by the Chinese government and more important the cooperation between the SPLM and the Communist Party of China.
In brief, below are some of China’s support in terms of donations for Humanitarian and medical in 2017 to the government and the people of South Sudan.
On June, 6th 2017, the World Food Programme (WFP) held a ceremony to hand over. China donated 5 million US dollars’ worth of food to South Sudan. He Xiangdong, Ambassador of China to South Sudan, Dr. Joyce Luma, WFP’s Representative in South Sudan and Gatwech Peter Kulang Chuol, Undersecretary of Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, attended the ceremony.
WFP also appreciated the donation from the Government of the People’s Republic of China in providing food assistance to 160,000 people affected by acute hunger in South Sudan,” said Dr. Joyce Luma in June, 2017.
On May 9th, 2017, CNPC (China National Petroleum Company) South Sudan donated 2,000,000 SSP to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in South Sudan.
On March 2nd, 2017, the Chinese government donated humanitarian goods to South Sudan including 900 tons of rice, 3700 tents, 15,000 mosquito nets and 30,000 blankets, as well as 24 containers of medical supplies.
Amb. He Xiangdong and Deng Alor Kuol, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan, signed the exchange of notes for the donation.