Middle East Economic Survey


No 3



China Hedges Bets As South Sudan Votes On Independence

Chinese-operated blocks in Sudan produce 435,000-465,000 b/d of oil, lying to the north and the south and some straddling the border, which has yet to be demarcated. Beijing, which needs stability, woos both sides and pushes for peace.

Southern Sudans ruling party says that more than 60% of registered voters had already voted in the first three days of a week-long referendum...