China is arming world’s worst regimes to fuel economic boom, says Amnesty – Clifford Coonan

From the Independent:

China’s secret arms exports to some of the world’s worst trouble spots are fuelling human rights violations and helping to sustain conflicts in countries such as Sudan, Nepal and Burma, Amnesty International says.

As well as big conventional weapons such as tanks warplanes, ballistic missiles, frigates and submarines, China sells small arms and security equipment to armies and police forces. Arms exports are estimated to be worth nearly ¬£550m a year and often involve the exchange of weapons for raw materials, such as Sudanese oil, to fuel China’s rapid economic growth. [Full text]

Read Amnesty’s full report, “Sustaining conflict and human rights abuses.”

June 11, 2006 8:05 PM
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