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Beijing may rethink hands-off approach in South Sudan

Conflict in the area is causing worry for China and the CNPC, who are heavily invested in South Sudan

China has found itself directly affected by the South Sudan conflict. State-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, is the most heavily invested foreign company in the young nation’s oil sector. China currently imports approximately 70% of Sudan and South Sudan’s oil, although production has fallen by at least 20% since the fighting began on 15 December 2013. The Chinese government’s primary concern has been with the safe evacuation of the roughly 300 Chinese workers from South Sudan’s oilfields. But there is also growing concern within Beijing’s foreign policy-making establishment regarding the conflict’s impact on broader regional stability. It is increasingly apparent that Beijing’s

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