China is stepping up its own efforts to escalate the conflict in South Sudan.
In a series of public statements, the country has repeatedly called on the United States to step up its efforts to bring peace and stability to the troubled region.
“The U.N. Security Council is not just a forum to impose sanctions.
It’s also the place where nations can call for an end to the bloodshed in South Africa,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Thursday, according to a statement carried by state news agency Xinhua.”
It is the right of the world to defend its interests, not the United Nations,” he said.
The United States has accused China of violating international law, and has demanded that Beijing end its military aid to South Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and killed in recent months.
The Chinese foreign ministry also expressed frustration at the United Nation’s failure to take meaningful action to protect the rights of the South Sudanese people.
China and South Sudan have fought two decades of civil war, with China controlling most of the country’s oil wealth and the Sudanese government controlling a third.
China has long complained about South Sudan’s political system and the way that it operates.