Chinese arming Mugabe regime?


by Leon
18th April, 2008 at 12:45 am    

I expect further moral outrage over actions like this by the Chinese government. Of course it’s easy to be outraged by the actions of arming a brutal regime when it’s not us not profiting from the weapons sales…

arms dealing

A Chinese cargo ship believed to be carrying 77 tonnes of small arms, including more than 3m rounds of ammunition, AK47 assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, has docked in the South African port of Durban for transportation of the weapons to Zimbabwe, the South African government confirmed yesterday. It claimed it was powerless to intervene as long as the ship’s papers were in order.

Copies of the documentation for the Chinese ship, the An Yue Jiang, show that the weapons were sent from Beijing to the ministry of defence in Harare. Headed “Dangerous goods description and container packing certificate”, the document was issued on April 1, three days after Zimbabwe’s election. It lists the consignment as including 3.5m rounds of ammunition for AK47 assault rifles and for small arms, 1,500 40mm rockets, 2,500 mortar shells of 60mm and 81mm calibre, as well as 93 cases of mortar tubes.

The carrier is listed as the Cosco shipping company in China.

Slowly but surely China is becoming the new official enemy.


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  1. Sunny — on 18th April, 2008 at 2:10 am  

    The Chinese govt should always have been the official enemy of human rights activists because of the appaling way it treats its own people.

  2. Cabalamat — on 18th April, 2008 at 3:46 am  

    “Slowly but surely China is becoming the new official enemy.”

    I think you’re right. A new cold war is likely to develop between the West and China over the next decade.

  3. platinum786 — on 18th April, 2008 at 9:07 am  

    Weapons to Israel is acceptable, weapons to Zimbabwe is not? China is an international player, you can hate all you like, but this is one cold war you cannot win.

  4. Letters From A Tory — on 18th April, 2008 at 9:37 am  

    China and Russia are starting to exert their authority and the US and EU are powerless at the moment, such is their desperation to avoid getting into a fight.

    http://lettersfromatory.wordpress.com

  5. Justforfun — on 18th April, 2008 at 9:49 am  

    from the article

    Dockers in Durban were refusing last night to unload the ship. The SA Transport and Allied Workers Union’s general secretary, Randall Howard, said: “Satawu does not agree with the position of the government not to intervene with this shipment of weapons. Our members will not unload this cargo, neither will any of our members in the truck-driving sector move this cargo by road.”

    People who care and people who can effect the situation at the right place at the right time. Obviously trade unionism is alive and well in SA. Good for them.

    justforfun

  6. Kesara — on 18th April, 2008 at 10:55 am  

    I hope this ship has a military escort – every balls-to-the-wall pirate in that part of the world is going to be on the lookout for that rather useful bounty.

    Its gonna be a blast :P

  7. Justforfun — on 18th April, 2008 at 2:33 pm  

    The PLA are the pirates :-)

    The problems of underpaid maritime security forces and smuggling infect China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy as well. Recent reports describe documented attacks on a number of ships on the high seas that were boarded by personnel from military gunboats bearing the markings of the PLA Navy. The pirates reportedly were dressed in PLA Navy uniforms. These reports illustrate that although piracy is not condoned in the regional maritime security forces, the temptation to participate in it or to turn a blind eye to it in exchange for kickbacks or bribes appears to be very strong.

    http://www.heritage.org/Research/AsiaandthePacific/BG1379.cfm

    just in case any picklers were planning to use their yearly bonuses to go on a world cruise in their new yachts PS where is El Cid these days?

    justforfun

  8. Justforfun — on 18th April, 2008 at 2:38 pm  

    oops – the first part of the sentance is missing.

    Don’t fly the Union Jack, Old Glory or the Tricolour – just fly the Chinese Red Flag and you will be safe, just in case any picklers were planning to use their yearly bonuses to go on a world cruise in their new yachts PS where is El Cid these days?

    justforfun

  9. kELvi — on 18th April, 2008 at 5:17 pm  

    Chine? Human rights violator? N.ram, Yechury, and Karat don’t think so.

  10. The Dude — on 18th April, 2008 at 9:16 pm  

    I scent the sweet smell of hypocrisy here. Lest we forget that Mugabe managed to loose a fixed and rigged vote, which is some achievement in my book.

  11. halima — on 18th April, 2008 at 10:31 pm  

    Hmm. Human rights on all sides are appaulling in different parts of the world … still we shouldn’t be using relations with China as political capital in the UK – they are far too influential a geopolitical power for us to be scoring cheap political points on human rights. Dangerous politics, indeed. Constructive engagement is no bad policy and is the best way to foster long term improvements in human rights – the last time i checked as a student that was the standard US policy with regard to China. Interesting to see that many countries might consider changing that policy – what’s changed since 1997 I wonder in the last ten years that we are shifting our long term policy on China. Perhaps the reality that it isn’t going to be going away and that the balance of global economic power is moving east …

  12. The Dude — on 19th April, 2008 at 10:51 am  

    Halina, I hear what you’re saying and in this instance I’ve got no problems with the Chinese. The only constructive engagement I want to see with Mugabe is one of those AK-47 rounds pumped into his regime. Mugabe and his thugs must go and go now and by ANY means……

  13. Dalbir — on 19th April, 2008 at 9:02 pm  

    ——–
    The Dude: The only constructive engagement I want to see with Mugabe is one of those AK-47 rounds pumped into his regime. Mugabe and his thugs must go and go now and by ANY means……
    ——–

    The balanced voice of reason…..

    Hang on – I swear a bunch of Islamo fundos were just arrested or convicted for talking this type of shite?

  14. Dalbir — on 19th April, 2008 at 9:47 pm  

    I’m actually surprised that people haven’t pointed out our own British involvement in the international arms trade. That is unless we have been merrily supplying “tools” strictly to the good boys.

  15. s johal — on 19th April, 2008 at 10:17 pm  

    The chinese argro ship is caring missilles sent by China to Murgabe , so he can target the BBC for their ‘balanced’ coverage of the Tibet riots. The missiles can reach the BBC head quarters in 35 minutes. So take cover.

  16. Dalbir — on 20th April, 2008 at 12:57 am  

    ——–
    The missiles can reach the BBC head quarters in 35 minutes.
    ——–

    I wish……..

  17. Desi Italiana — on 20th April, 2008 at 6:27 am  

    According to a Congressional Research Service report, the US is still the biggest global arms dealer in the developing world- 36% of sales- and the UK comes in third at 11%.

  18. Desi Italiana — on 20th April, 2008 at 6:28 am  

    Congressional Research Service report is American, BTW.

  19. Dalbir — on 20th April, 2008 at 5:02 pm  

    ——
    According to a Congressional Research Service report, the US is still the biggest global arms dealer in the developing world- 36% of sales- and the UK comes in third at 11%.
    ——

    That’s pretty impressive given the size of UK.

  20. s johal — on 20th April, 2008 at 7:22 pm  

    To all please read article on Tibet Log onto johntyrell.co.uk (Tibet, answers and Question)

  21. El Cid — on 20th April, 2008 at 8:50 pm  

    just in case any picklers were planning to use their yearly bonuses to go on a world cruise in their new yachts PS where is El Cid these days?

    Did you miss me justforfun? I’m humbled, though I think you have me confused with somebody else.

  22. El Cid — on 20th April, 2008 at 9:05 pm  

    Slowly but surely China is becoming the new official enemy.

    Leon, you seem to have chosen your words very carefully here, as if to imply that it was a western conspiracy. Was that done on purpose?

    I don’t see why it should be a cold war. China and the west are far more interdependent that Russia and the west ever were. But we do need China to step up to the plate in more ways than just economic. Power brings with it reponsibility. I think it can, but I’m not sure a one party state can deliver.

    As an aside — since Leon’s words reminded me vaguely of that old chestnut, the U.S. military-industrial complex — I remember listening to the head of a U.S. company which specialised in letting office buildings to the U.S. government departments (e.g. Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, US Dept of Agriculture, etc).
    “I was once asked ‘What keeps you awake at night?’”, he said.
    “World Peace, I said”
    I thought it was funny anyway, and so did all the suits in the room. Nothing like a little joke to lighten the mood at a boring corporate event.
    I guess some of you think he is a wanker, or worse.

  23. halima — on 20th April, 2008 at 10:59 pm  

    ‘Slowly but surely China is becoming the new official enemy’

    I thought China had already been the offical enenmy, hence the Korean War in 50s which the Chinese launched as a preemptive strike coz MacArther then got excited and crossed the Korean broder beyond his mandade and upset the Chinese. That was the begining of the Cold War in East Asia – and some would argue , most of the Vietnam War was about containing the Chinese, and the Russians.

    Seems this old enemy discourse never really went away .

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