Nov. 17 (UPI) Africas no. 1
foreign investor could have had a hand in the military-led coup in
Zimbabwe that placed former President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.
Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwes army commander, met with senior
Chinese military officials before he led the Zimbabwean military to
seize control of power in Harare and detain Mugabe, CNN reported Friday.
Speculation is growing Beijings Gen. Li Zuocheng, who met with
Chiwenga, may have backed the coup, after Li told Chiwenga Zimbabwe
and China are all-weather friends, according to the report.
Since the meeting and the coup, China has not publicly condemned
the ousting of Mugabe from power, according to The Guardian.
Wang Xinsong, an analyst on policy at Beijing Normal University,
said the Chinese government has been carefully watching domestic
infighting among Zimbabwes factions and was concerned about
friction building up in the Mugabe regime.
China, which owns many assets in Zimbabwe, may have been nervous
following the introduction of an indigenization law that would have
allowed the Zimbabwean government to seize foreign-owned assets in
the country, according to the report.
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,
But the increasingly powerful Grace Mugabe, the first lady, may
have been making Beijing nervous.
G40, the faction supporting Grace, was believed to be creating
instability in the country.
China could have used its powerful economic leverage to control