US seeks to block Zimbabwe-bound Chinese arms

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration is intervening with governments in southern Africa to prevent a Chinese ship carrying weapons for Zimbabwe’s security forces from unloading its cargo, The Associated Press has learned.

At the same time, the State Department’s top Africa hand, Jendayi Frazer, plans to visit the region this week to underscore U.S. concerns about the shipment. Frazer also will try to persuade Zimbabwe’s neighbors to step up pressure on President Robert Mugabe’s government to publish results from a disputed election that the opposition claims to have won, administration officials said Monday

U.S. intelligence agencies are tracking the vessel, the An Yue Jiang, and American diplomats have been instructed to press authorities in at least four nations - South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola - not to allow it to dock, the officials told The Associated Press. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss delicate diplomatic talks.

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“China has always had a prudent and responsible attitude toward arm sales,” its Foreign Ministry told Reuters. “One of the most important principles is not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”

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That seems to be an irresponsible policy when the government they support with arms is oppessing its people.

China has always had a prudent and responsible attitude toward arm sales,” its Foreign Ministry told Reuters. “One of the most important principles is not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”
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That seems to be an irresponsible policy when the government they support with arms is oppessing its people.

Um, they are using arms to oppress their own people. Why would they scruple at helping some other regime do that?

A good point. And it may be why they don’t hesitate to support Sudan, despite the Darfur genocide.

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