Senator Who Passed China-Darfur Resolution Reacts To Chinese Envoy's Comments On His Government's Role

Senator Who Passed China-Darfur Resolution Reacts To Chinese Envoy's Comments On His Government's Role

Senator Menendez authored resolution that passed in July

Washington - Earlier today in a question-and-answer session on the Chinese government's website, China's special envoy to Darfur, Ambassador Liu Guijin, defended his government's ties to the Sudanese regime and sought to silence efforts to link those ties to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Today Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, reacted. Last year, Menendez introduced and passed a resolution that officially urges the Chinese government to better use its unique relationship and leverage with Khartoum to help end the bloodshed and that mentions the need to uphold the spirit of the Olympic Games (http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=280121). Menendez also hosted a one-on-one meeting with Ambassador Liu last year, during which the Senator pressed Ambassador Liu on the issue (http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=282137).

"I am disappointed to see the Chinese government in a defensive mode instead of a proactive one," said Senator Menendez. "Ambassador Liu's comments seem to suggest that the Chinese government is content with the modest amount of pressure it has put on Khartoum and is content to continue fulfilling its economic needs without adequately engaging Khartoum on the genocide. Despite Ambassador Liu's sentiment, the spirit of the Beijing Olympic Games could absolutely be muddied if his government is not seen as using its leverage to help stop the killing and suffering, and I would hope that would be a motivating factor for the Chinese government."

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