"China appreciates Sudan's efforts in restoring peace in Darfur but is expecting more flexibility on the Annan plan," Mr Zhai said after meeting President Bashir in Khartoum.
Zhai is China's Assistant Foreign Minister and he was referring to the plan proposed by former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan for a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force.
Prior to this, China had refused to get involved in the Darfur conflict.
Obviously the greater powers (read US) have a lot to do with this. Now, is China going to remain vocal on social issues in Africa? I happen to think this is only unique to conflicts in which the US is involved.
Guess we will wait and see...