28 Oct '11, 7am

Priceless pirouette: "Gaddafi was not a friend of China." MT @eolander: #China analysts' take on Libya.

BEIJING: China has described the death of Muammar Gaddafi as the turning of a new page in Libya, and called for the rapid launch of an inclusive political process that will unify the country and ensure its stability. Videos and photos of Gaddafi's death have gone viral on websites across China, and so has the comment by a Chinese foreign ministry official that "Gaddafi was not a friend of China". In an interview with a French journalist, the director-general of African affairs Lu Shaye said Colonel Gaddafi was instead the honoured guest of many Western leaders. Agreeing, Chinese analysts noted the Libyan dictator was unfriendly towards China, and had accused Beijing of promoting a new form of colonialism in Africa. Gaddafi was also the only Arab leader who had hosted the visit of Chen Shui-bian during the former Taiwan president's term in office. Some analysts have argued ...

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