Well of course they're in a hurry! If the regime collapses before the check clears, they're really going to take a bath on this deal.
It's interesting (but not terribly surprising) that China is one of the few major world powers which hasn't come out against all this repression, and this little exchange of goods and services demonstrates yet again that an open market does not lead to an open everything else.
These suckers look mean as hell, but that "gift" thing still flummoxes me. Did they cash in a certificate from Office Despot?