Is Iraq the Afghanistan in the 80's, only with the US playing the Soviets?
The US military on Sunday said its troops had found Chinese-made missiles which they believe were smuggled into Iraq by groups in Iran in order to arm groups fighting US-led forces.
There's really not too much out there on the Chinese origin of some of these weapons flows. It's entirely plausible that that the Chinese government is not at all involved, but I'm finding an echo of Afghanistan in the 80's in Iraq.
A foreign occupier (Russia/US) frustrated by the interference of neighbor/proxy (Pakistan/Iran) which foments resistance movements based on religious fervor (Taleban/Mahdi/Badr.)
(Maybe it's the sudden, largely unprovoked, interest in banning, inspecting, etc. of Chinese products that got my antennae twitching. It may simply be that my tinfoil hat's too tight again.)