‘China Halts Arms Sales to South Sudan’ (Wait, What?)

A China in Africa Podcast

In June, China’s ambassador to Juba, Ma Qiang, publicly declared that Beijing would not sell weapons to any side of the ongoing civil conflict in South Sudan. So it was a bit of a surprise when it was discovered that $38 million of weapons had been sold by the Chinese state-owned weapons company Norinco to the South Sudanese government. Now, in September, the Chinese government has cancelled that contract and says it is living up to its original promise to embargo all arms sales.