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    Mugabe's Chinese Arms
    Race; Posted on: 2008-04-18 19:48:46 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Mugabe regime ordered 77 tonnes of Chinese arms three days AFTER disputed elections

    A huge cargo of Chinese guns and ammunition sits marooned aboard a ship off South Africa.

    It would have been used to arm Robert Mugabe's thugs in Zimbabwe.

    But dockers in South African port of Durban won't unload the 77 tons of mortars, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons.

    They know that the armoury will almost certainly be used in a brutal crackdown on Mugabe's opponents.

    Yesterday Britain, the U.S. and other western nations were preparing to call for urgent United Nations action to bring in a worldwide ban on arms sales to Zimbabwe.

    The stand-off in South Africa has returned the world's attention the election crisis in Zimbabwe and Mugabe's desperate efforts to remain in power.

    But it is also yet another international embarrassment for Beijing, following the Olympic protests, and highlights China's increasing involvement in Africa.

    Earlier this week, Chinese troops were seen on the streets of Zimbabwe's third largest city Mutare.

    The order for the shipment was finalised on April 1, three days after last month's elections.

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