The Chinese connection to the Zimbabwe 'coup' #FACTS
NOV. 18. 2017. A visit by #Zimbabwean
army commander #ConstantinoChiwenga
would not normally be seen as unusual, given #Beijing
status as Zimbabwe's largest foreign investor and longtime ally.
But days after #Chiwenga
returned from a recent trip to meet senior #Chinesemilitary
was plunged into political chaos as the Zimbabwean military -- led by Chiwenga -- seized control and placed President #RobertMugabe
under house arrest.
In that context, Chiwenga's visit to China has come under scrutiny, with speculation that he had sought Beijing's tacit approval for a possible move against #Mugabe
China's involvement in #Zimbabwe
stretches back to the 1970s, when Beijing covertly supplied ammunition and financing to Mugabe's guerrilla forces during the country's war of independence. In the intervening years, China has continued to provide financial and political support to the #African
nation, investing extensively across a range of sectors and helping to develop key infrastructure projects. "Since Mugabe took power he has been consistently supported by the Chinese government. China has become the second largest trading partner with Zimbabwe and has invested very largely in the country," said Wang Xinsong associate professor at Beijing Normal University School of Social Development and Public Policy. China would be very reluctant to see Zimbabwe fall into a period of social instability and political turmoil, he added. "The fact there were these kind of visits to Beijing right before (the coup) certainly seems indicative of something, but who knows what that was?" During Chiwenga's trip to China, he met with Central Military Commission member Gen. Li Zuocheng according to a Chinese military press release, who told him Zimbabwe and China were "all-weather friends." He also met with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan on November 10 in Beijing. #NINFONETWORK #FOODNINFO #ENTERTAINMENTNINFO #VEHICLENINFO #gracemugabe #SOUTHAFRICA #REVOLUTION #ZIMBO #COUP #ARMY #BUZZFEED #CNN #CNBC #HUFFPOST #POLITICO #POLITICS #washingtondc #mnangagwa