Is Zimbabwe’s Economy Clenched In China’s Fist?

The Telegraph’s Fraser Nelson reports on China’s growing influence in Zimbabwe, which has been construed as a mockery of Western sanctions: In Zimbabwe, the press is full of signs of China’s growing influence. There...

Human Rights Last

For an article in Foreign Policy, Gary Bass interviews numerous Chinese Foreign Ministry officials and asks them about China’s diplomatic relationships with leaders of Zimbabwe, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, and other...

Zimbabwe Says China Is Giving It Loans

From the New York Times: Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who ran Mr. Mugabe’s violent re-election campaign last year, was himself leading a delegation of officials from the governing party, ZANU-PF, in Beijing on Tuesday....

China Tells Mugabe “To Behave”

Excerpts from this recent Telegraph article also supports the observation that news reports of China’s activities in Africa have dramatically decreased in the run-up to the Olympics.  A demand by China that the Zimbabwean...

Why Has China Bought Mugabe a Mansion?

In an opinion piece in the Telegraph, columnist Christopher Booker writes: It may not be surprising that, as befits any mad dictator, President Mugabe is now the proud owner of a palatial £4.5 million mansion in Harare and a...

China Vetos UN Sanctions on Zimbabwe

Below are excerpts from press coverage of China and Russia’s veto of a UN attempt to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and some of his key allies. From the Guardian: British and US efforts to...

Liu Guijin on China’s Role in Zimbabwe

Liu Guijin, China’s top envoy to Africa, is quoted in several news outlets with comments on China’s position toward the current situation in Zimbabwe: From Xinhua: China supports the mediation efforts taken by the...

China’s Role in Zimbabwe

Earlier this week, the U.N. Security Council declared that a fair presidential vote in Zimbabwe is impossible because of a “campaign of violence” waged by President Robert Mugabe’s government in the run-up to...

China Is to Withdraw Backing for Mugabe – Richard Spencer

The Chinese government has announced plans to drop all support for Zimbabwe, except humanitarian assistance, in an effort to tone down its support for dictatorial regimes: Robert Mugabe is to lose vital support from one of his few remaining allies on the world stage, China. One of the Zimbabwe president’s oldest diplomatic friends, China yesterday […]

Beijing Quietly Cools Relations with Mugabe – Alec Russell

In a sign that international criticism of China’s support for the ruthless regime of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe may have had an effect, Chinese diplomats are apparently less enthusiastic about relations between the two countries. But a cooling in ties may be due as much to economic concerns on both sides as politics: In the […]

Beijing Cools On Mugabe – Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt and Andrew Small

From International Herald Tribune: The walls surrounding the Chinese Embassy in Harare are getting higher. “Extra security,” our host explained nervously – and one small indicator that China’s relationship with Zimbabwe is changing. Formerly a staunch supporter of President Robert Mugabe, Beijing has said conspicuously little about the current crisis in Zimbabwe, which started on […]

Mugabe sells bankrupt Zimbabwe’s assets to China – Rochelle Mutton

From “We will never be a colony again!” This has been the catch-cry of Zimbabwe‘s President Robert Mugabe throughout his 25-year reign. But while he rails against perceived imperialist, colonial agendas and denounces anything white-skinned or Western, Mr Mugabe has spent this week in China signing over his bankrupt country’s resources to the Asian […]

China takes on growing Africa role – Jill McGivering

From the BBC: Zimbabwe’s political isolation has only hastened the process, as President Mugabe’s growing alienation from the West has created an economic vacuum that Beijing is rushing to fill. China’s policy of non-interference in the political affairs of others, and a refusal to take other governments to task on issues of human rights and […]

China will ‘protect Mugabe at UN’ – BBC

From BBC NEWS: China will use its veto to stop the United Nations Security Council from criticising Zimbabwe’s slum clearance, President Robert Mugabe says. The UK and the US have asked the Security Council to discuss the demolitions, after a UN report said 700,000 had been made homeless. Mr Mugabe is on a week-long visit […]

China and Mugabe – Globe and Mail

From The Globe and Mail: It is entirely coincidental that Robert Mugabe‘s six-day feting in China began on the weekend hard on the heels of a United Nations report harshly — and quite rightly — condemning his odious regime. The report deplored the mass, indiscriminate destruction of urban slums and shantytowns in Zimbabwe, leaving 700,000 […]



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