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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Chinese Weapons Ship leaves South Africa

Chinese cargo ship carrying arms shippment to Zimbabwe, anchored off South African coast (picture stolen from Sky News)

A Chinese ship reportedly carying arms and ammunition to Zimbabwe has left the South African coast after port workers refused to unload its cargo and the South African courts blocked its passage through the country.

It is believed the arms were sold to the Mugabe led government by the Chinese government. Opposition parties in Zimbabwe have said the arms would be used against the Zimbabwean public, especially those opposing the Mugabe regime.

Sky News have reported that South African newspaper, the Beeld, has published details of the ship's inventory which includes 3 million rounds of AK-47 ammunition and 1,500 rocket propelled grenades.

While China's human rights record in relation to Tibet has been in the news a lot lately, it's also worth remembering the Chinese governments ongoing involvement in violating the rights of other minority groups within China - including millions of Chinese followers of Jesus - and their continued involvement in supporting oppressive foreign regimes such as those of Mugabe in Zimbabwe, through the supply of arms and ammunition. Weapons which almost undoubtedly will used against innocent civilians.

I think we (Australia and perhaps the rest of the Western world) should be boycotting the Beijing Olympics. I can't think of a more current and internationally significant way of letting China know that we want nothing to do with their oppressive political system and oppose their involvement in and support of other oppressive regimes elsewhere in the world, not to mention the role they have to play in the persecution of minorities within their own boarders.

Some links to news sites with information on the Chinese ship and its cargo. You can also congratulate the South African dock workers by emailing them from the website of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union website.

BBC News


Sky News


Anonymous said...

CNN, pls don't produece bias, false news against China any more, the US is the largest weapon seller, why don't you post the photos of the US weapon ship, again pls don't make rubbish!!!

The Creature said...

Thanks for your comments. This is not rubbish - it is (another) documented case of China's ongoing involvement in human rights abuses both domestically and internationally.

I agree, the US is also involved in the arms trade and produces a lot of weaponry, however (and I'm not American) just because the US is involved in questionable activities in the arms arena doesn't excuse or take away any from China's attrocious record. Nor does it make this case (the arms shipment to Zimbabwe) "rubbish".

Anonymous said...

Hi, Im from Melbourne.

This is not rubbish, but yes the USA is easily the worlds largest maker, owner, seller and USER of weapons of all kinds, including WMD's.

It recently concluded a deal to sell 20 billion dollars worth of weapons to that paragon of democratic and religious freedom, Saudi Arabia.

Plus this site tells you the truth about "peace"-loving America.

The Creature said...

Thanks John - yep the US has a lot to answer for in this area.

Jesus once said "those who live by the sword will perish by the sword", something I think all militaristic societies should consider!