China’s special envoy to Darfur said Beijing is ready to cooperate with Sudan, the UN, the African Union (AU) and other relevant parties to secure a permanent solution to the ongoing conflict in the region, AFP reported. Speaking in Khartoum on Sunday, where he will participate in top-level talks with Sudanese officials, Liu Giujin called for a "holistic effort" in dealing with the outstanding problems. He noted that progress had been made in deploying a joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur and requested that the situation receive balanced media coverage and not be politicized. Liu is set to visit Darfur on Tuesday, the fifth anniversary of the conflict between ethnic African tribes and state-backed Arab militia. As Sudan’s major trade partner and principal arms supplier, China has come under growing pressure to use its influence to end the bloodshed.