[Marxism] Chinese President Meets Taiwanese Opposition Leader
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>Chinese investment in Cuba helps defeat the blockade:
The New York Times, May 2, 1987
POLAND AND CHINA REPORTEDLY SENT ARMS TO CONTRAS
By STEPHEN ENGELBERG, Special to the New York Times
The Congressional committees investigating the Iran-contra affair have
uncovered detailed evidence that the Reagan Administration solicited aid
for Nicaraguan rebels from Poland and China, a Congressional official said
The official said the committees had assembled evidence of dealings with
China that included the first sales of Soviet-designed anti-aircraft
missiles to the rebels. He added that the sales were arranged by at least
one former White House official.
The contras were also said to have bought arms from Poland when the Poles
were also shipping arms to the Sandinista Government.
Administration officials speculated that the Chinese motive was to counter
Soviet influence in the region and to bolster ties with the United States.
As for Poland, one official suggested that its motivation may have been to
get much-needed hard currency.
In four months of investigation, the committees have turned up extensive
new evidence about how the United States' relationships with foreign
governments were covertly used to enlist support for the Nicaraguan rebels.
One such example, according to Administration officials, was Colonel
North's success in persuading China to sell arms. A contra leader, Adolfo
Calero, acknowledged at a news conference earlier this year that China had
sold ammunition to the rebels.
But according to one knowledgeable Administration official, the Chinese, in
a deal arranged by Colonel North, sold the contras a much more highly
prized weapon - the Soviet-designed SAM-7 antiaircraft missile.
The official said that he believed the deal had been made through contacts
with the Chinese military and that it was possible the Chinese political
leadership was initially unaware of the sales, which were abruptly cut off
The sales came when China's policy was to forge closer ties with the
Sandinista Government. Foreign Minister Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of
Nicaragua was visiting Beijing in 1985 when the contras used a
Chinese-supplied SAM-7 for the first time to shoot down a Sandinista
helicopter, the official said.
The contras were also buying arms from Poland, and Colonel North is said to
have told associates he was intimately involved in arranging that effort as
well. One associate recalls that Colonel North was amused that ships being
loaded with arms for the Sandinistas were docked in a Polish port next to
vessels carrying military aid destined for the contras.
Another associate quoted Colonel North as saying that some Soviet-made arms
earmarked for the contras were stolen from warehouses in Poland by members
of Solidarity, the labor union that is now outlawed. This could not be
China's interest in aiding the contras dates back several years. In October
1983, a rebel leader, Eden Pastora Gomez, went to China to try get support
for the contras, according to a person familiar with the rebels.
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