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China accuses western media over Zim-DRC arms saga

afrol News, 23 December - China has accused some western media of cooking stories on its alleged supply of ammunition to Zimbabwe through the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this year.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said yesterday, some western media, without giving any particular reference, had made up stories with ulterior motives to implicate China in the arms scandal.

Both the DRC and Zimbabwe falls under different international arms embargo, with the UN specifically having extended by one year the arms sanctions to Kinshasa.

According to the report released early December by the UN experts, the weapons originated from China, but the Chinese government says that report was distorted to say China actually disbatched and transported the weapons.

Mr Qin challenged any one to conduct serious reading of the report and said they will find the accusations were totally groundless.

In April this year a shipment of alleged Chinese arms destined for Zimbabwe were docked at a South African port where workers refused to unload, in solidarity of the Zimbabwean strife faced by the ordinary citizens.

Reports in relation to the arms have recently resurfaced with fresh allegations that president Mugabe could be positioning himself well, to entrench further his ZANU-PF led government, by hook or crook, in Zimbabwe, amidst growing international pressure.


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