USA vs. China in South Sudan

US Security Strategy in South Sudan. An anti-China Strategy?
US Security Strategy in South Sudan. An anti-China Strategy?

By Thomas C Mountain,

If one asks the questionwho benefits from the South Sudanese civil war?” the answer is clear. The USA is presently the ONLY beneficiary of the ongoing horrors in South Sudan for this latest round of conflict has once again shut down the Chinese run oil fields in the country.

The USA has determined that its in its “national interests” to deprive China of access to Africa’s oil fields and has succeeded in its goal of again shutting down Chinese oil production in Sudan, the only majority Chinese owned oil field in Africa.

What other evidence links the USA to the South Sudanese civil war? Thanks to Wikileaks we know that the USA via the CIA has been paying the salaries of the South Sudanese Army (SPLA) since 2009. In other words, both the soldiers (“rebels”) supporting Riek Machar and the soldier supporting President Salva Kiir are being paid by the USA, paid to kill each other? Don’t take my word for it, go check Wikileaks.

Another question NOT being asked by the international  media is how is Riek Machar funding his army? Where is he getting the funds to pay for his soldiers ammunition, the fuel to run their trucks and equipment, to pay for their food? Where is this money coming from in a country complete destroyed by the ongoing fighting? If its coming from funds stolen by Riek Machar while he was Vice President of South Sudan, where are the funds deposited and how is he accessing them?

The USA prefers proxies to do its dirty work so as to keep its self insulated from charges of foreign interference and to keep its “hands clean” so to speak. The fact that “rebels” supporting Riek Machar have been receiving weapons from Ethiopia is a matter of public record with reports from the past year exposing what is just the tip of the iceberg in the matter.

What is Ethiopia’s interest in this, isn’t the Ethiopian regime a “neutral party” hosting “peace talks”?

The fact that Ethiopia has some 10,000 soldiers/peacekeepers on the Sudan/South Sudanese border this past year including the oil fields is another matter being ignored by the media. Again, thanks to Wikileaks, we know that Ethiopia has an ongoing fuel crisis and spends up to 75% of its foreign currency earnings on fuel imports. The Sudanese oil fields are the only immediately available supply for Ethiopia’s problem and with Brazil promising to build a $1 billion railway from the South Sudanese border to Addis Ababa this would be the quickest solution to Ethiopia’s major headache.

I for one am really, really sick of Africans being portrayed as tribalistic animals murdering each other in never ending slaughters when the only real beneficiary of such are foreign powers, mainly the USA and its western vassals. If one does just a little research into these holocausts one begins to see who really benefits and when it comes to the civil war in South Sudan the only party presently benefiting from these crimes is the USA.

How this will play out will be an omen of things to come for the USA and China are certain to be at odds in the future when it comes to exploiting Africa’s oil fields which today supply half of the USA’s oil imports.
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Thomas C. Mountain is a life long revolutionary activist, educator and cultural historian, living and writing from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at  thomascmountain_at_gmail_dot_com

17 thoughts on “USA vs. China in South Sudan

  1. Thomas Mountain, it is good to hear from you, it is exactly you just hit the nil on the head. I commented few days a go in this very website that Riek Machar being a CIA man, but I did not explain in detail like you did who is supporting who and so on.

  2. Very well said Thomas. When it comes to Africa and specialy a region where by previously affected by misguided U.S. policy, whatever the U.S. farts and screams, China is their favorite partner. Look at South Sudan. The U.S and its surrogate allies helped to curve it out of the big Sudan in the hope that they will lay their filthy hands on the black gold – Oil. But a year after the separation, the silent, narrowed eye dragons swarmed and controlled almost the entire functioning oil fields out of the hands of the U.S. and its allies.

    Looks to me Salva is now paying back for that. They gang up Machar and other disatisfied tribes against the government of Salva Kiir for his betrayal. But, in such occasions where their national interest is at risk of getting into trouble, it’s a no brainier the Chinese will do everything in their power to win it back. Given the support Salva Kiir right now have from its immediate neighbor be it from Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Eritrea (indirectly meaning the neighbors are on the Chinese side even if they don’t like to be taken that way) U.S. is betting on a loosing ground.

    Look at the developments right now. Salva now regained every town initially controlled by the Machar led opposition forces. With the support he guaranteed from the said neighbors, he even contemplating on the idea of “Why the need to sign a Ceasefire” agreement with a badly bitten and loosing forces of Machar. No. Meaning China is, at this stage winning over U.S.

    1. Selam Kifle, you stated that" Given the support Salva Kiir right now have from its immediate neighbor be it from Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Eritrea"
      How did you reach in conclusion that Ethiopia is supporting the government of Salva Kiir? I think you are wrong of that!

      1. @Mussie,

        The last thing Ethiopia want out South Sudan conflict is to find itself outfoxed by Eritrea or Uganda or both. Even Sudan, suppposedely known as an enemy of South Sudanese thrown its support to the Juba government of Salva Kiir. So why do you think Ethiopia will go against Kiir all indications proves Kiir is winning over his opponents?

        Coward as they are, Ethiopia always wants to side with the winning group. Most importantly, they don't (can not) go against the Chinese interest as their country inside out is constructed by the Chinese.

        1. As a matter of fact, the U.S is also their pay master too. Hmmm. Ethiopia must have been between a rock and a hard place in this crisis then. Any move might go against the interests of the U.S. or the Chinese or even both.

        2. Selam Kifle, We, Know that the weyane are a USA hired stooges and whether Salva Kiir win or not the CIA are on the side of Riek Machar, even do the US state department pretends other wise. and if the Americans told the Weyane to jump, weyane will say how high no Mather how un winnable or wrong war it may be.

  3. As always the great Thomas demystifying the convoluted US interference in others affairs. Well, if the issue came down to US v China interest, I would gladly cheer for the Red Dragon any time of the day.

    And the idiotic Machar, if he had any sense he would have put country before self glory. As Vice President, he already had more than enough authority and privilaged position to help make a positive difference to his people and country. And when the CIA came knocking at his door, in no uncertain terms he should have told them where to go. That way they would have been naturalised. Instead the greedy man couldn’t wait to grab power, even if that meant plunging the country into war and chaos, which he did. Well he can’t be immune from The African Disease. After all he is African, isn’t he!!

    1. Yes he is an African. even one of the most greedy and corrupted ones. It is said that he has big house in Addis and an EthiopianTigaian/ woman(not a wife) he also a son from her who is the husband the famous signer Helen Berhe.

  4. Two elephants fighting for the prize, and add Haynes to it , end result …….damaged grass, cheap stolen product with oil curse for the poor people living in it. It is a continual total disrespect to humanity. To much dirty games for the poor to handle. It is unfortunate to see cats and dogs with clinics, and supermarkets every corner for their comfort , while people treated like dirt in this planet. we should do better to reduce human misery ,not the opposite for it benefits us all.

  5. It is sad and disturbing to see only for African Countries , new discovery of resources to became the beginning of misery and death to the very population instead of the other way around .

  6. What was Salva Kiir doing, recieving money from the CIA, for his army? African leaders don´t cease to amaze me of how stupid they´re.

    1. Well said; He who pays the piper calls the tune. You should read Glen Ford's Kiir is not the only African leader that idiotically chose to have the pentagon fund, feed, and train their army. I believe Eritrea's refusal to fall into that trap is what has the west's panties in a bunch.
      Excellent reporting from Mountain!

  7. when usa is considerably reducing to relay on oil import and even cosidering exporting in the near future to think it would create such situation to compete for 200k barrial of oil i dont to think so……. just can not blame usa for all the problems of corrupted officials.

    1. Follow the S. Sudan Gov Statements starting from yesterday .

      Effectively blaming the IGAD / AU " peacekeepers " for Trying to create a Parallel Gov to the legitmate one by arming and encouraging the rebels .

      Regarding the US i think its just waiting to see what happenes and is supporting both sides . If anything S. Sudan and our region ( East and Central Africa) should hold the Expert on Africa, the God Mother of East and Central Africa , the creater of bloddy messes , the one responsible for the Rwandan Massacar , S .Rice Reseponsible. S.Sudan was her baby project .

        1. Exactly Mussie . And they are Trying to broker Peace …Lollll

          So At the end of the day , Woyanne is going to end up creating another Hate group , . I really feel sorry for the Ethiopian people , their gov is creating enemies left and right ….

  8. why blaming on USA AND ETHIOPIA …..the problem been there since the beginning of south Sudan revolution ……the Government is one of the most corrupted in Africa ! also Thomas C mountain wrote this articles with no evidence …….wikileaks doesn't said any thing about this war ….2009 us used to back the south Sudan Rebels means former SPLA the present south Sudan Gov there was no difference between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar which is not a big deal ! I think the Governments of Eritrea is behind this articles !

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