World View: Uganda, China Intervene in South Sudan Conflict
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Uganda and China intervene in South Sudan conflict
- China violates its lofty 'non-interference' policy in South Sudan
- China demands approval of fishing in South China Sea
Uganda and China intervene in South Sudan conflict
Ugandan tanks (UGO)
As the ethnic Dinka vs Nuer conflict continues in South Sudan, Uganda
has provoked controversy by send an unspecified number of troops into
South Sudan to support the Dinka side. Uganda's President Yoweri
Museveni says that the troops are purely defensive, guarding the
airport and government buildings. The political opposition in Uganda
is criticizing the president for abandoning neutrality.
According to Wilfred Niwagaba, a Ugandan MP:
“The rhetoric itself denies Uganda the chance of playing a neutral
role," said Wilfred Niwagaba, one of eight Ugandan MPs who held a news
conference in late December rebuking the president for taking sides in
the conflict and for plunging the country into war without the
approval of parliament.
"We lose what we would have otherwise gained as a
neutral arbiter, so we cannot participate as an arbiter in the
Sudan. And regardless of how finally the war ends, our leadership
will still be viewed as a partisan and biased partner. So the
benefits of us remaining neutral would have definitely outweighed
the advantages, if any, that are being obtained now. ...
We do not know the cost of that war, both materially on the
taxpayer of Uganda, and two, the human cost. Our country now
seems to be involved in so many wars. We are in Somalia, now the
Sudan, the Central African Republic, but government has never come
up to give us accountability. Who spends on these troops? And is
it worth the cost?"
His words are interesting, as they might have come from an American
politician talking about American troops somewhere in the Mideast.
There are several conflicts currently going on in Africa. In the
east, there's Somalia, which is jihadist. Moving west, there's South
Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which are local
ethnic rivalries, and Central African Republic, which is jihadist.
According to Niwagaba, Uganda is involved in all but the one in Congo,
though we know from other reporting that the Congo war has spilled
over into Uganda. The other two wars right now are both jihadist, in
Nigeria and Mali. Of the six, the Central African Republic war is
deepest into a generational Crisis era, as we've been reporting in
recent days, so is most likely to explode into mass carnage.
Uganda's prime minister Amama Mbabazi defended the military action:
"What happens in the region affects all of us and so
we must ensure there is peace in the region. We are fighting a
‘I don’t want you to think that the UPDF [Uganda People’s Defense
Forces] are just war mongers, Ugandans need to understand that
this conflict is for Uganda too."
VOA and UGO News (Uganda)
China violates its lofty 'non-interference' policy in South Sudan
Getting back to South Sudan, China's involvement is very interesting.
China's politicians, as we know, become apoplectic and vitriolic
when anyone in the West criticizes the brutal treatment of
Tibetans or Uighurs, and they always insist that these are
"internal" problems that are no one else's business. And China
has no problem endorsing the atrocities and slaughter conducted
by Syria's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad.
But South Sudan is different, and the Chinese seem quite willing to
"interfere." China is in talks with neighboring Sudan to deploy a
military force to protect South Sudan's oil fields. This could
potentially risk a proxy war in South Sudan, since Uganda and Sudan
support opposite sides of the conflict in South Sudan.
However, China has now abandoned all its lofty, highly moralistic "non
intervention" principles anyway. Why? Because China is desperate for
oil. China has invested some $30 billion in Sudan / South Sudan oil.
Oil production has already dropped by 20% since the onset of the
conflict three weeks ago, and more than 300 Chinese workers have been
eliminated. So the People's Republic of China is just as immoral as
anyone else, but we already knew that, didn't we? BBC and Guardian (London)
China demands approval of fishing in South China Sea
China has further escalated the international dispute in the South
China Sea by demanding that all foreign fishing vessels ask permission
before entering much of the South China Sea. China has adopted a kind
of "Lebensraum policy," by claiming territory in the South China Sea
that has historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia
and the Philippines, and using its vast military power to threaten and
subdue any neighboring nation that disobeys its orders. China has
already forced the Philippines to cede the Scarborough Shoal to China,
under threat of military force. The new escalation risks a
confrontation that could spiral out of control. Vietnam has already
stated that it will ignore the new demands. VOA
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