China is now proposing to take over Juba International Airport in the event that the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, fails to pay off its unsettled debts, which amount to $2.96 billion, according to an internal document obtained by Thessherald.
South Sudan has become one of the latest African countries to fall into Chinese debt-traps after Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Latest data obtained from the China-Africa Research Initiative, reveal that China currently owes more than $30.34 billion from developing countries in Africa.
In 2016, the South Sudanese government requested $1.9 billion from China to boost its developmental projects and repair key oilfields ravaged by years of conflict.
According to the World Bank, South Sudan is one of the most oil-dependent countries in the world, with oil accounting for almost the totality of exports, 90% of revenue, and more than one-third of its gross domestic product (GDP).
However, a recent study by Transparency International revealed that South Sudan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, followed by Somalia and Yemen.
Oct 1, 2020 (Thessherald)—South Sudan’s former warring parties have been urged to hasten resolution of outstanding issues within the signed 2018 peace agreement to realize peace and stability after more than six years of conflict.
Hua Ning, Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan said he was pleased with the positive gains achieved since the signing of the revitalized peace deal in Sudan, but also urged the parties to move fast to conclude the remaining issues.
“China hopes the various parties in South Sudan will continue to consolidate the fruits of peace, accelerate the resolution of the remaining issues, completely eliminate conflicts, and achieve national peace and stability,” Hua wrote in an opinion published in the local Dawn newspaper in Juba on Wednesday.
“We are pleased to see that breakthroughs have been made in the peace process in South Sudan this year, with the successful formation of a new transitional government, progress in the formation of local governments, and overall compliance with the ceasefire,” he added. Hua disclosed that the peace process in South Sudan is promising but still facing many challenges.
President Salva Kiir and his first vice president Riek Machar are yet to establish the transitional parliament, debate and pass the amended constitution and training and unification of the army despite forming in February a new transitional unity government.
Hua said China is committed to working with all stakeholders to advance the peace process, develop the economy and promote people’s livelihood.
He said that the year 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the independence of South Sudan and the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and South Sudan. “It is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. These are grand events for both China and South Sudan,” he said.
Hua revealed that China will provide 50 million U.S. dollars to the China-FAO South Sudan Cooperation Trust Fund, over a period of two years to help with COVID-19 response and the recovery of the economy. “Despite the adverse effects of COVID-19, China continues to actively promote cooperation with South Sudan in the fields of education, health, energy, and infrastructure, striving to improve people’s livelihood and promote economic recovery,” he added.
In late August, the Chinese medical expert team arrived in the youngest nation to share their experience and practices with South Sudan on combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beijing has already donated 3,000 tons of rice to South Sudan for flood relief and the unification of the army.
He also added that China is committed to promoting a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice, and win-win cooperation, firmly safeguarding the international system with the UN as the core and the international order based on international law.
Sept 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, Hua Ning and the South Sudanese Minister of General Education and Instruction, Awut Deng Acuil have discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and agreed to implement the 2nd Phase Technical Cooperation Program on Education in the country.
“It’s a pleasant meeting with Hon.Minister of General Education Awut Acuil this morning.We are going to implement the Phase Two technical cooperation program on education after the successful completion of Phase One program,”
Hua Ning, Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan.
The Chinese Government reaffirms its readiness to produce textbooks for school-going children who have been deprived of education due to the conflict in the country.
“China will work with South Sudan to compile and produce textbooks on English, Mathematics and Science for Grade 2 to 8 students with the US$ 20m grant of Chinese Government. The program also includes training of school managers and teachers.”
The Chinese ambassador expresses his sadness after discovering a shortage of textbooks in some schools.
“Education is the most powerful investment in the country’s future. I am sad to learn in some schools, textbook ratios are around one textbook per 20 students.”
“We very much hope the situation will be improved through our joint efforts. As students will return to schools soon, it is essential to follow the health guidance of the government to ensure the health and safety of everybody.”
Minister of Health Elizabeth Achuei Yol receiving a donation certificate from a Chinese representative in the capital, Juba | Photo: Chinese Embassy in S. Sudan
September 11, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Minister of Health, Elizabeth Achuei Yol has commended the Chinese government for sending a batch of medical team to South Sudan to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The seventh batch of Chinese medical team in South Sudan on Sunday had left the country after completing a 17-month medical assistance mission in the east African country.
The Chinese medics were replaced by the eight batch which arrived in South Sudan about two weeks ago.
During their stay, the 15-member team, from China’s Anhui Province, provided about 8,000 free medical consultations across South Sudan.
The medical team was joined in the trip back to China by another eight-member Chinese medical expert team returning from anti-virus missions in Guinea and South Sudan.
South Sudan’s health minister Elizabeth Achuei Yol said the Chinese medics have been resourceful to the people of South Sudan.
“We are honored and happy for the great job the Chinese have done and continue to do in South Sudan. We are particularly proud of the skills the expert team passed to our medical staff,” Achuei said during a joint farewell ceremony for the Chinese medical teams on Sunday.
“We will never forget the good things China has done for us especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. I want this relationship to be promoted for the future generations,” she added.
Hua Ning, Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, said China will continue to support South Sudan’s quest to build a strong and resilient health care system.
“Good friends will always feel close even though they are thousands of miles away from each other. So, we are determined to push forward the relation between China and South Sudan,” Hua said.
While in South Sudan, the two medical teams provided several training sessions to medical students, health workers and also shared experience on the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 20, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Chinese government has donated medical equipment to South Sudan, including 5 ventilators and more than 30 non-contact infrared thermometers, bringing the number of ventilators to 9 – in a country that has a population of 12 million.
South Sudan has so far registered 4 cases of COVID-19, raising fears that the number of cases could jump more quickly due to lack of medical equipment, facilities and poor hygiene in the country.
This is the second time that Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma has sent a massive shipment of medical supplies to developing countries in Africa to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation was officially received by South Sudan’s Ambassador to China, John Andruga Duku, and he appreciated China’s firm support for South Sudan in these difficult situations.
South Sudan is one of the latest countries in Africa to have confirmed and documented a few cases of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first coronavirus case was imported by a United Nations staff member who came to South Sudan from abroad via Ethiopia.
EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA PRESS RELEASE ON COMBATING COVID – 19 OUTBREAK
(Thessherald)–Briefing on COVID – 19 cases in China According to China’s National Health Commission and the State Council inter-agency task force the latest development of COVID – 19 cases in China’s mainland is as follows :
( 1 ) March 1 saw ZERO fatality and only 6 newly confirmed cases excluding Hubei Province , among which 2 are imported cases ,
( 2 ) In Hubei Province, 196 newly confirmed cases were reported , marking a decline by 52 % compared to a week ago , and 2570 more patients were discharged from hospital ,
( 3 ) As of 24 : 00 on March 1 ( Beijing Time ) , 80 , 026 confirmed cases have been reported , including 44 , 462 cured cases and 2 , 912 fatalities 2 .
Progress and trend on combating COVID – 19 in China
( 1 ) The past week saw the continuing decrease in the number of newly confirmed and newly suspected cases , and rise of the recovery rate ( up to 52 . 1 % ) , indicating that the overall situation of epidemic prevention and control across the country continues to improve ( 2 ) Wuhan closed its first makeshift hospital as the coronavirus infection rate slows down .
( 3 ) China is now producing over 110 million face masks per day, 12 times the figure reported on Feb . 1 , and even exceeded the planned capacity.
The consistent rise in both capacity and output further narrowed down the supply deficit.
EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN KENYA March 2, 2020
(Thessherald)–The Chinese embassy in South Sudan and the country’s ministry of health have joined ranks to strengthen preventative measures against the novel coronavirus or the COVID-19.
Hua Ning, the Chinese ambassador in Juba said though there is currently no confirmed case of the COVID-19 in South Sudan, the embassy is working with the South Sudanese government and the World Health Organization (WHO) to boost screening and quarantine measures. “The Chinese embassy has established a working mechanism with the South Sudanese government and the WHO and maintained hotline contact,” the Chinese envoy told reporters in Juba on Friday.
The government has also developed a guideline which requires people who recently visited China and other countries affected by the virus to be isolated from the public for 14 days.
“We have issued notices several times to remind Chinese citizens in South Sudan and ask them to cooperate with the relevant authorities of South Sudan in screening, quarantine and other entry inspection and quarantine measures,” Hua said.
The Chinese envoy also hailed the South Sudanese government and people for standing with China during the battle against the epidemic.
“There are also many people from all walks of life in South Sudan expressing their support for China’s fight against the epidemic in various ways and are full of confidence in China’s capability to win a final victory over the epidemic,” Hua said.
“I want to thank the government and people of South Sudan for their firm support during the difficult times in China.”
Hua revealed that China’s epidemic prevention and control measures have produced positive results and over the past two weeks, daily reported confirmed cases have fallen by 80 percent.
The Chinese envoy also assured the people of South Sudan that the 27 South Sudanese students in Hubei, 24 of whom in Wuhan city are all healthy and safe.
“The Chinese government and relevant local authorities have taken careful measures to protect the life and safety of international students,” Hua stressed.
“The first is to establish an epidemic prevention working group for foreign students, strengthen management, and establish a daily reporting system to prevent the epidemic from spreading to international student groups. The second is to protect the daily lives of international students,” he added.