South Su­dan asks $1.9b as­sis­tance

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS -

South Su­dan’s for­eign min­is­ter said the coun­try has re­quested $1.9 bil­lion from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to de­velop oil fields and in­fra­struc­ture projects. Deng Alor said on Tues­day that if China agrees, the funds could be used to re­open one of South Su­dan’s key oil fields in Unity State that has been shut down since a civil war be­gan in De­cem­ber 2013. Alor also said that $700 mil­lion would be used to re­build a road be­tween Juba, the cap­i­tal, and Wau, which saw heavy fight­ing last month. South Su­dan’s re­quest comes as the coun­try has an eco­nomic cri­sis and is strug­gling to pay civil ser­vants.

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