China did not directly or indirectly provide weapons to Libya, even if the regime of Muammar Gaddafi has made contact with Chinese companies, said Monday the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“In July, the government of Gaddafi sent someone to China without informing the Chinese government to make contact with members of interested companies,” said Jiang Yu, spokeswoman for the department, asked about information from a Canadian newspaper according to which Beijing has offered weapons to Colonel Qaddafi, who was fighting for the survival of his regime.
“Chinese companies have not signed any commercial contract and have not exported military equipment to Libya,” said Jiang. “Chinese companies have not directly or indirectly provided military equipment to Libya,” she repeated.
The Globe and Mail had been assured that China has offered large amounts of weapons in July to Muammar Gaddafi, and had secret conversations of their delivery via Algeria and South Africa, without arms have been actually delivered.
The document reports in detail about a trip by Col. Gadhafi’s security officials from Tripoli to Beijing. They arrived on July 16, and in the following days they met with officials from three state-controlled weapons manufacturers: China North Industries Corp. (Norinco); the China National Precision Machinery Import & Export Corp. (CPMIC); and China XinXing Import & Export Corp. The Chinese companies offered the entire contents of their stockpiles for sale, and promised to manufacture more supplies if necessary.
—China offered Gadhafi huge stockpiles of arms: Libyan memos, The Globe and Mail
“It is quite possible that these documents are authentic,” said Abdulrahman Busin Monday in Tripoli, a military spokesman of the National Transitional Council (NTC).
“We are studying all the evidence, we have a team of lawyers who are also examining the issue, and then we’ll see.”
Citing documents in its possession, the Canadian newspaper said the Chinese state arms companies were willing to disregard the UN sanctions to sell Tripoli weapons and ammunition for an amount of at least 200 million dollars in late July.