Looks like China is going to be held responsible if things go bad in Zimbabwe. You have to maintain a sense of humor about these things if you won’t want to go completely crazy or burn out. There are people out there who see (honestly) the current Chinese government as the source of all evil in the world, and are likely to believe and report anything bad they can find. And there is a lot of bad stuff because China is a huge country, and even more bad stuff if you let down your standards of evidence.
So once you resign yourself that China is going to be portrayed as the “bad guy” it then becomes amusing how the story is shaped so that China becomes evil. If things go bad in Zimbabwe, then I’m expecting the editorial from Howard French talking about how China was responsible for Mugabe staying in power, ignoring the ten thousand other factors that go into Zimbabwean politics.
The big problem with this view of the world, is that it really doesn’t improve it. What inevitably happens when you focus on trivial factors that don’t make any difference is that you get into the politics of symbol. The argument becomes that whatever guns China sends really doesn’t may the difference, but that China needs to “send a message” at which point everything starts becoming things about sending messages rather than getting anything accomplished.