Wednesday, April 23, 2008

china may recall weapons ship

from the BBC

The ship carrying weapons to Zimbabwe may return to China after being prevented from unloading in South Africa, a Chinese official has said....

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the weapons were ordered last year and were "perfectly normal".

But she said the ship's owners were considering bringing the ship back.

Ms Jiang said this was because it was proving impossible for Zimbabwe to receive the arms but this has not been confirmed by the Chinese shipping company.

The Chinese vessel was said to be bound for Angola but the US is reported to be pressuring port authorities there and in Namibia not to allow them to dock.

Summary: US State Dpt pressuring other African governments not to accept the ship, Zambia's president asking other countries to refuse to unload the ship, and the Unions that work in ship unloading in various African countries saying they will refuse to unload it...

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