Simon Robinson: Great Leap Backwards

From Time Magazine:

Is ’s President Robert Mugabe trying to set an African record for mass arrests? It certainly looks that way…

But the arrests may also be a way for to make nice with his new patrons in China. As he tries to cope with the world’s fastest-shrinking economy, he has developed a Look East policy designed to curry favor with Asian powers, especially Beijing. China has begun to give arms and planes to Zimbabwe; in return, the MDC charges, Zimbabwe is giving China land. The Chinese government is helping to build Mugabe a new mansion on the outskirts of Harare, the capital. And Chinese traders are flooding the country with cheap shoes and clothes ” and immigrants to sell them, too.

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