31 August 2007

China's Lucky Eights

At 8pm on 8th August 2008, China will showcase itself to what will probably be the world's largest television audience. In response to international pressure and a threatened boycott, the country yesterday announced that it is to withdraw all its support for Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe except humanitarian aid. The largely unpublicised move represents a significant shift for Chinese foreign policy and holds out hope that they will also soon start making concessions over their support of the Sudanese regime.

Here are the results of our recent poll, which showed a surprisingly high level of support for the boycott proposed by Conservative MEP Edward McMillan-Scott. Keep an eye on the sidebar in the coming days for our next poll!

Should British athletes boycott the Beijing Olympics?
Yes  16% (18 votes)
If no improvement nearer the time  12% (14 votes)
No  72% (82 votes)
Not sure  0% (0 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 114


Richard said...

China's withdrawal of support is another nail in the coffin of Mugabe's regime, which appears now to be crumbling bfore our eyes as the country's economy collapses. It is imperative however that China is watched closely so that she does not continue real support under the guise of 'humanitarian aid'.

David said...

I see that Chinese-made weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft guns, landmines, rocket-propelled grenades and components for roadside bombs, are being used by the Taleban to attack British troops in Afghanistan - See BBC: Taleban 'getting Chinese weapons'