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China supplies most small arms to Sudan, Darfur

March 13, 2008
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — China’s sales of small arms to Sudan increased as the violence escalated in Darfur, Human Rights First charged Thursday in a report pressing China to halt arms sales as Beijing prepares to hold its first Olympics this year.

The report says China stepped up its arms supply to Sudan as others cut back to comply with a U.N. arms embargo, making China by far the biggest supplier of small arms to Khartoum — providing 90% of all Khartoum’s acquisitions between 2004 and 2006, totaling $55 million. Small arms such as assault rifles are the most common weapon used in Darfur.

The report says that, as the arms supply increased, so did Sudan’s sales of oil vital to China’s burgeoning economy, a commodity the report says explains China’s interest in supporting the government of Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir.

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