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Beijing Isn't Going To Like This

OldSnowy

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#4
There's around 35 million 'surplus' males in China, and another 25 million or so in India - let alone the ther uncounted millions in the rest of S Asia (and a good few in the UK, where sex selection abortionis increasingly common i some groups).

In other words - yes, there's plenty more where these came from. Plus, if you've got a clunge, you are more than ever sitting on a fortune! :)
 
#9
SPLM-N seem to be going out of their way to reassure Beijing, which is rather odd given Chinese support for the Sudanese regime. I guess realpolitik triumphs again.

As to the Chinese response, they've some very capable types who're used to wandering in and out of places unnoticed but I suspect these will only be used if the captors change their tune. Buying captives' freedom seems to be their usual MO.

The most worrying thing about it from the captives' point of view is that "army spokesman Sawarmi Khalid Saad told Reuters news agency... the army had launched an operation to rescue them." I'd be shitting myself in their position.
 
#10
David Carradine would have sorted this in one episode.

I really don't think that this bodes well for the captured road workers. Rebels in African states tend to have access to, and a predaliction to abuse, halucinigetic substances that tend to queer sound rational thinking.
 
#11
Dunno, those MSF types in 2009 got out OK after being taken hostage. On the other hand, in 2007 and 2008 groups of Chinese oil workers were taken hostage and killed.

I guess it depends on who's got them, how much control their headshed have over their men and how much they want Chinese money.
 
#12
The South are looking for outside investment to run pipelines Eastwards, which will effectively cut the North out of the equation. (and leave the North really in the poo)
Sudan Vision Daily - Details
Who has the capital available for this sort of project, which will allow the Chinese to fill up their tankers from Kenya?
Answer-China.
The South will be looking to China for investment soon. There's no benefit for them to shoot a few migrant workers.
 

Andy_S

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#16
The human rights and safety of its citizens are hardly top drawer priorities for Beijing.

Still, it would be good to see the PRC getting on board the international(ish) bandwagon and doing something robust to some bad chaps. After all, it is much lower risk for them than for a liberal democracy: There is not going to be a public backlash and/or a public enquiry if some of the hostages, alas, become collateral when the Shaolin monks storm in.
 
#17
The South will be looking to China for investment soon. There's no benefit for them to shoot a few migrant workers.
True, but in the event that a doped-up militiaman lets rip against orders I suspect it won't be too obstructive to investment. The PRC government are always prepared to deal with world-as-is in their foreign policy and the domestic fallout will be theirs to deal with.
 
#18
There is not going to be a public backlash and/or a public enquiry if some of the hostages, alas, become collateral when the Shaolin monks storm in.
There's usually far more of a backlash any time Chinese nationals are killed abroad, with the government taking endless abuse for not doing anything (even though usually they have, just nothing 'Jackie Chan'). The Philippines tour coach fiasco and the kidnapping and murders of the Hua Ping/Yu Xing 8 crews off Thailand are recent examples.
 
#19
David Carradine would have sorted this in one episode.

I really don't think that this bodes well for the captured road workers. Rebels in African states tend to have access to, and a predaliction to abuse, halucinigetic substances that tend to queer sound rational thinking.
How would being hung by your dick in a Thailand hotel solve the problem of Chinese hostages in the Soudan? :?
 

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