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How Will China Respond to the Coup in Sudan?

A Sudanese protester draped with the national flag flashes the victory sign next to burning tyres during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum, on October 25, 2021, to denounce overnight detentions by the army of members of Sudan's government. AFP

The pre-dawn military coup in Sudan on Monday presents the latest challenge for China on how to respond to the toppling of governments in Africa where it has sizable economic and strategic interests.

Normally, the Chinese Foreign Ministry tends to be very reluctant to comment on coups, as was the case in Myanmar in February when Beijing did its best to take a low profile, but not so in Guinea when China condemned the September overthrow of President Alpha Condé’s government within the first 24 hours.

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