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Old 08-29-2014, 06:07 AM   #1
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Mugabe smoozin' with Xi...

Mugabe in China love-in to build on trade cooperation
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 - It is a mutual admiration society to which the West is definitely not invited.
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The leaders of China and Zimbabwe whispered sweet nothings about shared history, common foes and future cooperation during a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing this week. Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) praised Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a “an old friend of the Chinese people whom we respect very much.” Mugabe, for his part, said he felt “very much at home.” The political love-in came as Mugabe, 90, makes his 13th trip to China in what critics describe as a desperate attempt to attract investment to rescue a sinking economy. China’s GDP of US$8.227 trillion in 2012 dwarfs Zimbabwe’s US$10.81 billion. For years Mugabe, accused by the West of electoral fraud and human rights violations, has been pushing a “look East” policy for business. Now, this appears to include persuading the population of Zimbabwe to become more familiar with Chinese culture.

An article last week by Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Lin Lin (林琳) in Zimbabwe’s state-owned Herald newspaper said that a recent “Night of Beijing” performance in the capital, Harare, had “fascinated and left unforgettable memories in the hearts of an audience of [more than] 3,000.” The Chinese embassy and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp cohosted “the first-ever China-Zimbabwe quiz show to further increase the mutual knowledge and understanding between the two peoples,” Lin Lin wrote. And now a professional crew from China Central Television is in Zimbabwe to shoot a tourism promotion documentary that aims to “attract more Chinese people’s eyes to this wonderland.”

On Monday, Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan (彭麗媛), greeted Mugabe and his wife, Grace, with full military honors. A band played the two national anthems as a 21-gun salute was fired and the two presidents inspected a military honor guard. Children held flowers and miniature flags of both countries to welcome the two leaders, who held a meeting behind closed doors that lasted for hours, the Herald reported. An unusually effusive Xi said: “I stand ready to work with you, your excellency, to comprehensively deepen our bilateral relationship and make sure the relationship will create benefits for people in both countries.”

Mugabe responded with thanks, saying: “We are prepared on our part to continue our historical relations and even build on them as we develop our economies and Zimbabwe will, naturally, as before, being a smaller country, be the beneficiary of this relationship, and so I want to assure you of our reciprocal undertaking, that we will do our best to reciprocate your friendship.” The two oversaw the signing of nine agreements, including documents on economic, trade and tourism cooperation, as well as emergency food donations and concessional loans from China to Zimbabwe. No values were given.

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Mugabe puts his foot in his mouth at the UN...

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe gets the wrong kind of laughs for telling the U.N. 'we are not gays'
In his speech Monday before the United Nations General Assembly, longtime Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe noted that "respecting and upholding human rights is the obligation of all states," enshrined in the U.N. Charter. But, he added, that charter doesn't "arrogate the right to some to sit in judgment over others in carrying out this universal obligation."
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If you're wondering where Mugabe was headed, he then criticized "the self-anointed prefects of our time," presumably in Europe and the U.S., for prescribing "'new rights' that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs." And in case that wasn't clear enough, he improvised, telling the assembled delegates and world leaders: "We are not gays."

"Mugabe's line earned him light applause and some laughter," notes BuzzFeed's Hayes Brown, who added that Mugabe "has frequently used anti-LGBT rhetoric, including last year when he referred to same-sex relationships as 'inhuman' and threatened to kick-out any diplomats who spoke of LGBT rights." You can watch the beginning of the laugher in the video below, but RT cuts out Mugabe's very next lines: "Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double-standards will not."

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Gives ya some idea of what the Chinese call 'peace'...

Zimbabwean President, Condemned by West, Is Selected for Chinese Peace Prize
OCT. 22, 2015 — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has crushed political opponents in his country, and democratic challengers and their supporters have faced intimidation, jail and worse. Mr. Mugabe, whose ZANU-PF party controls the levers of power, has presided over economic policies that have resulted in rampant inflation and poverty. Widely condemned by Western governments, he is considered one of the most uncompromising rulers in Africa.
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Now he can claim the honor of being awarded a Confucius Peace Prize, the Chinese answer to the Nobel Peace Prize. A group based in Hong Kong that says it is the official organizer of the prize has selected Mr. Mugabe as this year’s recipient. Among the finalists for the award were Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations, President Park Geun-Hye of South Korea and Bill Gates. The Confucius Peace Prize was first established in late 2010 as a rejoinder to the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded that year to Liu Xiaobo, a dissident Chinese literary critic who is serving an 11-year prison sentence on a charge of subversion. His wife, Liu Xia, is under house arrest.

The Confucius Peace Prize ceremony is scheduled to be held in December. Organizers say the official Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing will be the venue if Mr. Mugabe, 91, agrees to attend. The prize comes with a financial reward of 500,000 renminbi, or nearly $80,000. “The 21st-century interpretation of Confucianism is ‘universal harmony in the world,’ ” Qiao Wei, a poet and the president of the judging committee of the peace prize, said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “Mugabe is the founding leader of Zimbabwe and has been trying to stabilize the country’s political and economic order ever since the country was first founded. He brought benefit to the people of Zimbabwe.”

Mr. Mugabe had his start in politics as a Pan-African nationalist who opposed minority white rule in the former British colony and country then known as Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. The Rhodesian government used brutal tactics to try to suppress nationalist movements, and Mr. Mugabe was imprisoned for more than 10 years, but the country finally achieved full independence from Britain in 1980. Mr. Mugabe became premier and quickly set up an authoritarian system, including managing security forces that on occasion acted as death squads. “As the president of Zimbabwe or the chairman of the African Union, he has always been pushing forward the cause of peace in Africa,” Mr. Qiao said. “He has been working hard even in his 90s. This shows he has ideals in his heart. He has been trying to support the independence of Africa. He has his ‘African Dream.’ ”

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China got it's foot in Africa's door...

What the Mugabe coup says about China’s plans for Africa
1 Dec 2017 - Beijing dismisses claims it was involved in regime change in Zimbabwe, but its footprint on the continent is clearly visible
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For a man who relied heavily on Chinese weaponry to stay in power, a Chinese-manufactured Type 89 armoured vehicle rolling into central Harare on November 15 must have been an ugly shock. It had come to depose him, not serve him, and Robert Gabriel Mugabe knew his game was finally up. Even bedecked with grinning soldiers and citizenry, the armoured vehicle was as much a symbol of oppression as liberation. It also triggered debate about the role China would have in Zimbabwe’s future, as well as its wider role on the continent. Mugabe’s downfall is knitted firmly into the story of Beijing’s increasingly active engagement on the world stage, notably in countries where Western nations have fallen out of favour.

China is bankrolling an impressive array of projects across Africa, everything from car factories to bridges, and expanding its military footprint in step with numerous weapons deals and training exercises. In South Africa, Chinese car manufacturer BAIC is building a US$826 million vehicle assembly plant in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, with an expected annual output of 55,000 cars. Chinese arms manufacturer Poly Technologies last year signed a partnership agreement with South African state arms manufacturer Denel to bid for a US$428 million naval vessel procurement deal. In East Africa, China is bankrolling a massive new infrastructure project that will connect South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya through roadways, railways and oil pipelines. It has spent about US$9.9 billion on intra-city rail infrastructure in East Africa since 2000, CNN estimates.


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In West Africa, China plans to invest US$40 billion in Nigeria, on the back of about US$46 billion already invested, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced this year. In June, South Africa’s Standard Bank announced “the world’s first dedicated” Africa China Banking Centre in Johannesburg. The bank, which 10 years ago sold a 20 per cent stake to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, plans to extend credit lines into Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana before the end of the year. In August, China officially opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, to serve as a base for peacekeeping and anti-piracy missions.

Zimbabwe was also among the recipients of Chinese largesse. China last year agreed to build a new 650-seat parliament in the country. Beijing has strongly rejected conspiracy theories suggesting the coup plotters had obtained superpower blessing before the big day. “It is beyond obvious that the purpose of certain elements trying to link the Zimbabwe political crisis with China is to undermine China’s image and to drive a wedge between China and Africa,” fumed a statement from the Chinese embassy in South Africa a few days after Mugabe’s downfall. Reports that it played a role in the coup were “self-contradictory, full of logical fallacies and filled with evil intentions”, the statement read. But the narrative that meddling foreigners were at it again, pulling puppet strings and carving out yet another compliant regime to suit their neo-colonial agenda, is a strong one, mined with memories of a cold war arm-wrestle between superpowers south of the Sahara.

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