China has called for calm in South Sudan, urging both factions to start ceasefire talks as soon as possible, the Foreign Ministry has said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday that the deteriorating situation in the country was cause for concern.

“We are negotiating with both sides in the conflict in various ways. China’s special representative on African Affairs, Zhong Jianhua, talked with South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin on the phone, calling for calm and restraint from both sides to start ceasefire talks as soon as possible. [Read the full article]