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China calls on world to normalize ties with Sudan

BEIJING - The world should recognize the efforts made by Sudan in bringing peace to its southern region, now an independent state, and normalize relations with Khartoum, state media on Thursday quoted a senior Chinese diplomat as saying.
Sudan has long been under a US trade embargo, and its leader, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, faces indictment from the International Criminal Court over war crimes charges stemming from long-running fighting in the Darfur region.But Beijing has maintained close trade, energy and military ties with Khartoum, and last month played host to Bashir.
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