China company to build $1.2 billion airport in Sudan's capital
By Associated Press
12:30 AM PST, February 15, 2011
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese company has signed a contract to build a $1.2 billion international airport in the capital of Sudan.
A statement on the website of China's state-owned companies administrator says the Hong Kong subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co. will build a runway long enough to accommodate an Airbus 380.
The statement posted Tuesday says the airport will enhance Khartoum's international ties.
Those ties have suffered under U.S. sanctions because of mass killings in the western Darfur region.
But China has long supported Sudan's leaders in the oil-rich region that feeds China's energy appetite.