Report: Chinese firms offered weapons to Gaddafi's forces

By REUTERS
September 5, 2011 10:44

 
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BEIJING - Chinese arms firms offered to sell weapons worth about $200 million to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's beleaguered forces in July, two newspapers reported, compounding pressure on Beijing's brittle ties with the rebels who have ousted him.

Following an earlier report in the Globe and Mail, The New York Times reported on Monday that documents found abandoned in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, indicated that Chinese companies offered to sell rocket launchers, anti-tank missiles and other arms to Gaddafi's forces, despite bans on such sales.

"We have hard evidence of deals going on between China and Gaddafi, and we have all the documents to prove it," a rebel military spokesman, Abdulrahman Busin, told the Times.

Reuters could not verify the reports or the documents cited, and some officials told the Times report they were sceptical or uncertain.

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