Beijing has hastily covered up of a $200 million arm deal with Gaddafi and his militant regime. The deal took place to prop up the illegitimate regime. Libyan rebels have been capturing modern weapons with Chinese origins, it is speculated that they were secretly shipped to pro-Gaddafi force through Algeria. Papers found in the rubbish of pro-Gaddafi leaders confirmed the deal. International ire has been raised; Beijing’s Gaddafi gamble has cast a shadow over their credibility and doubtlessly killed hundreds of rebels.
What Comprised of The Weapon Deal?
Everything to outfit a brand new army.
The papers revealing the weapons deal stated that rocket launchers, anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles would be shipped in addition to assorted small arms. Many good Libyans died to these advanced weapons. Perhaps more will. Gaddafi forces have retreated into Niger, it is speculated they will wage a terrorist war against Libya to attempt to regain control. China did not score a strategic success, only pools of more bloodshed.
How is China Reacting To the Exposure?
China has now officially admitted that there were arms talks.
To make up for their failing the Chinese are stepping up regulation of private Chinese weapons manufactures. This feint probably will not halt international outrage. China has already overstepped its bounds in foreign affairs on many occasions. Some examples including supporting the tyrannical North Korea or annexing Tibet. This flair for violence has so far been tolerated; however it is poisoning the world against Beijing. Libya’s Transitional Council is investigating this incident as anger flares throughout their supporters. Libya will not be a fan of the Chinese.
Why Would China Fight the Rebels?
Beijing is posturing for a Second Cold War.
Arming America’s enemies is reminiscent of previous Chinese interventions, such as Vietnam; they perpetuated a twenty war with tens of thousands of American casualties by arming the Vietcong and NVA covertly. The goal was to win influence for China through killing its enemies, the Americans, through indirect means. Their objectives are met and China is not publicly threatened.
The Western powers have aligned with the rebels. China seeks a world empire to match that of the Westerners. Damaging new additions to Western Coalition will weaken NATO, the European UN, and the United States. Libya has oil, China views it as a valuable player should war evolve. Weakening this hapless state, while they are violent civil war, reinforces their position.
Calculated moves such as this have already set the Second Cold War in motion, only historians will mourn our loss of peace.