|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Remarks on South Sudan's Announcement of Gradual Shutdown of Oil Production|
Q: The Ministry of Petroleum and Mining of South Sudan announced on January 20 that the government of South Sudan will gradually halt its oil production from the day on due to failed negotiation with Sudan on issues such as oil transit fees. How does China comment?
A: China has noted relevant report. Oil is the economic lifeline of both Sudan and South Sudan. We urge the two sides to stay calm and exercise restraint, avoid taking excessive action, continue to cooperate with the African Union in its mediation efforts in order to settle their disputes through negotiation at an early date for the benefit of both countries and both peoples. China hopes that the governments of the two countries can honor their commitment and protect the legitimate rights and interests of relevant Chinese companies and other partners.