Murphy's Law: Chinese Gunrunners Persist


p> April 28, 2008: The Chinese cargo ship that unsuccessfully tried to deliver a shipment of ammunition to Zimbabwe last week, had its documentation gone over in several ports where it tried, and failed, to get someone to take the ammo and deliver it. Turns out that the ammo shipment was from Poly Technologies, a major Chinese defense manufacturer. This outfit has been shipping weapons, legally and otherwise, to Africa for decades. Poly Technologies AK-47s can be found all over Africa, as well as ammo for that weapon, and many others.

Zimbabwe is run by a deranged tyrant, Robert Mugabe, who has ruined the economy, caused massive starvation, and driven a quarter of his subjects into exile. Zimbabwe is broke, and Mugabe was probably paying for the ammo shipment via barter (in exchange for raw materials or food products).

Poly Technologies was founded 25 years ago, by the Chinese military, to provide some competition for Norinco, the major arms builder in the country. Poly is very well connected in the government and military. Former generals and officers run the company. It is feared that Poly will next try to fly the ammo shipment into Zimbabwe. Poly Technologies has a reputation for getting the goods delivered, no matter what.

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