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Chinese Troops In Zimbabwe?

This was reported on Saturday. Wondering how the hell I missed it. Good catch, Jamais, thanks.

Chinese troops have been seen on the streets of Zimbabwe’s third largest city, Mutare, according to local witnesses. They were seen patrolling with Zimbabwean soldiers before and during Tuesday’s ill-fated general strike called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Chinese troops are on the streets of Zimbabwean city, witnesses say – Africa, World – The Independent

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  1. yes, they are there. also a large shipment of arms from china was stopped at durban harbour in south africa.

  2. Warren Ellis Warren Ellis

    Yeah, I knew about the blocked arms shipment, and Lloyds Maritime Intel losing the boat earlier today etc., but I totally missed this. And if it’s true, I can see why Mugabe would do it…

  3. it is true. i’m in south africa and am in contact with zim refugees. i don’t think theres a huge chinese presence but there are som troops there.

  4. They’re there to win over hearts and minds.

    Of Africa’s dictators.

  5. Angry Sam Angry Sam

    Looks like China’s seizing the opportunity to support horrendous dictatorships in Africa now that France is getting of the game.

  6. I thought Mugabe was through with colonists?

    South Africa

  7. The first listed of Zimbabwe’s natural resources is ‘coal’, while China’s stock of same is declining — correlation, any, I wonder?

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