Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 08/2009

Investing in Tragedy: China's Money, Arms, and Politics in Sudan

March 2008

Human Rights First


In August, for the first time in history, China will host the Olympics. For Beijing, those will be days of pride, a chance to display its progress and bask in the world’s admiration. But far from the splendor of the Summer Games, the people of a remote area in the largest nation in Africa—the people of Sudan’s Darfur region—will endure more death, disease and dislocation, and this will be due in no small part to China’s callousness. Craving energy to keep its economic miracle humming, Beijing has forged a strong partnership with the Sudanese government in Khartoum.