Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, will be attending China’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II on September 3. The wanted Sudanese leader will also meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
“African people, including Sudanese people, made important contributions to the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. It is reasonable and justified for China to invite President Bashir to attend the commemorative activities. China will accord him with due treatment during his stay in China,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a press briefing September 1.
“Being not a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, China will deal with relevant issue on the basis of the basic principles of international law,” the Chinese ministry added.
Al-Bashir’s China visit gains negative reaction from United States government. “We oppose invitations, facilitation, or support for travel by persons subject to outstanding ICC warrants,” US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said. “We strongly support the ICC’s efforts to hold accountable those responsible for those acts.”
Toner added that China, like any nation, as a member of the Security Council, should weigh its concern or weigh the world’s concerns about President Bashir and the fact that he’s got an active warrant out for his arrests for war crimes.