Beijing Says Qaddafi Officials Sought Chinese Arms Supplies

The Chinese government has been hesitant to endorse the National Transitional Council since their defeat of Qaddafi’s regime in Libya. And now, documents uncovered by a Canadian journalist in Tripoli reveal that Chinese state-owned companies tried to broker a deal to sell arms to Qaddafi’s forces during the civil war. The Globe and Mail broke the story: Documents obtained by The Globe and Mail show that state-controlled Chinese arms manufacturers were prepared to sell weapons and ammunition worth at least $200-million to the embattled Col. Gadhafi in late July, a violation of United Nations sanctions. The documents suggest that Beijing and other governments may have played a double game in the Libyan war, claiming neutrality but covertly helping the dictator. The papers do not confirm whether any military assistance was delivered, but senior leaders of the new transitional government in Tripoli say the documents reinforce their suspicions about the recent actions of China, Algeria and South Africa. Those countries may now suffer a disadvantage as Libya’s new rulers divide the spoils from their vast energy resources, and select foreign firms for the country’s reconstruction. See also a video interview of Globe and Mail reporter Graeme Smith discussing how he and his colleagues found the documents. While the Globe and Mail report does not confirm that deliveries of weapons were completed, members of the National Transitional Council believe they were, CNN reports: “We found several documents that showed us orders, very large orders, of arms and ammunition specifically from China, and now we do know that some of the things that were on the list are here on the ground, and they came in over the last two to six months,” said Abdulrahman Busin, NTC spokesman. He said it is unclear whether the exact list on the document was delivered, “but ...
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