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On Tuesday, Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti told reporters in Beijing that Sudan was consulting a Chinese state-owned oil company for ideas on how to solve an oil transport fee dispute with South Sudan.
Sudan and its newly independent neighbor had planned to finalize an agreement to share oil revenues, with the south paying fees to export oil through pipelines in the north.
However, in January, relations between the two countries became tense after Khartoum began confiscating oil from the south. South Sudan shut down its entire oil production in response.
The Chinese regime is the largest investor of oil production in both Sudan and South Sudan, and has a lot to gain from good relations between the two countries.
But many people in South Sudan are still bitter toward the Chinese regime, since it backed Khartoum during a decades-long civil war between the two countries that killed two million people.