28 Jun '11, 4am

Sudanese leader Bashir arrives late in China

Sudanese leader Bashir arrives late in China

BEIJING: Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir arrived in China on Tuesday for talks with President Hu Jintao, as the United States and rights groups criticised Beijing for hosting an alleged war criminal. Bashir's presidential plane touched down in Beijing in the early hours, a day later than planned, an AFP journalist saw -- after Sudan's foreign ministry said it was forced to choose a "new route" while flying over Turkmenistan. The unexplained change in plans has forced an overhaul of Bashir's schedule, but not a cancellation of talks with Hu nor a red-carpet welcome at the Great Hall of the People for a man who is unwelcome in many countries in the world. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that occurred in Sudan's western Darfur region, where about 300,000 people have died since 2003. China i...

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