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China mulls military airbase in Zim’s Marange diamond fields - report

03 march 2014

China is allegedly considering setting up a “modern high-tech” military base in the diamond-rich Marange fields.
German-based Telescope News reported that China could be positioning itself for future “gunboat diplomacy” where its military presence would give it bargaining power against superpowers like the United States.
It would also be safeguarding its substantial economic interests in the southern African country and the rest of the continent.
“Military officials in Zimbabwe said details of the airbase plan were sketchy and mostly classified due to the veil of secrecy around President Robert Mugabe’s relationship with China’s Red Army,” it claimed.
“A sizeable number of Chinese troops are reported to have their boots on the ground in the Marange diamond fields, which have since been cordoned off as a high level security zone.”
Chinese companies such as Anjin and Jinan Investments were involved in diamond mining, in partnership with the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation.
Meanwhile, The Zimbabwean newspapers alleged that the Chinese had constructed an airstrip in Marange that was being used to illicitly haul diamonds to unknown destinations.
China was Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner after South Africa in Africa, the UK-based weekly claimed.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished