The Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) has taken delivery of Chinese small arms and equipment including AK-47 assault rifles to re-equip its army. has cited a Southern African report stating that delivery was negotiated by defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. The order also included uniforms, a dozen trucks and 21,000 pairs of handcuffs.

According to the report, the delivery took place through an intermediary and a second consignment is due by the end of the year.

In July 2008 the UK and US tabled a draft UN Security Council resolution to impose targeted sanctions on the Zimbabwe Government, including an arms embargo in response to human rights violations and political violence during the 2008 elections.

The country has been under an arms embargo since 2002.

China and Russia vetoed the draft resolution, while South Africa, Libya and Vietnam also voted against it.