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China’s (well-deserved) Tough Week « The Washington Independent

Steven Spielberg has gotten all the ink over yesterday’s snub of Chinese leaders for their failure to confront Sudan’s government on the Darfur crisis, but congressional wheels are turning on the issue as well.

As Beijing scrambles furiously to put on its best face for the 2008 Olympic Games, 120 House members sent a letter (pdf) yesterday to Chinese President Hu Jintao urging that he leverage China’s considerable influence over Sudan to end the violence in Darfur. One-hundred Democrats signed the letter, and 20 Republicans.

It seems that China, which last summer helped create a new United Nations aid mission in Darfur, is also responsible for stripping language from the UN resolution that might have forced Sudan to comply with it. Instead of cooperating with that mission, aid groups say, Khartoum has obstructed it.

Not that U.S. efforts to end the genocide have gotten very far either, according to human rights groups. Meanwhile, the Khartoum-backed Janjaweed militias mowed down two more villages yesterday.

Why aren’t we boycotting (pdf) those games again?

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