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Sudan Under Pressure From Both China and the U.S.

File image of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) poses for a picture with Sudan's Sovereign Council chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Khartoum on August 25, 2020. AFP

The Sudanese government is being pulled in opposite directions by the United States and China over potentially volatile political issues related to Israel and Xinjiang.

In its efforts to move more North African and Arab countries to recognize Israel, the United States is trying to coordinate a financial package that would help persuade the government to open ties with the Jewish state. Talks broke down though over the amount of money offered. The Sudanese rejected an $800 million offer and said that they’re expecting 3-4 times as much.

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