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China Seeks to Bolster Relationship with Zimbabwe

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Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:45 GMT

China's foreign minister Wang Yi pledged to reinforce collaboration with Zimbabwe despite an altercation over bilateral aid figures last November, AFP reported on Sunday January 13th.

Both countries had run into a standoff last November when Zimbabwe's government stated that it had only received $3.6 million in aid from Beijing in 2019, 40 times lower than the figure claimed by China.

Yi met his Zimbabwean counterpart Sibusiso Moyo on Sunday during the visit and refrained from mentioning financial assistance.

However, they both praised the ongoing "win-win cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, and mining" and vowed to continue exploring other areas of collaboration.

China is the biggest investor of infrastructure projects currently taking place in Zimbabwe, and the visit is expected to give a fresh stimulus to mega projects such as the US $1.1 billion Hwange 7 and 8 power expansion project, Africa News Reported.

After the end of white-minority rule in 1980, China was one of the first countries to establish a diplomatic mission in the capital Harare.

Under former president Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe remained friendly with Beijing, regarding it as a vital allay and a major trade partner. Around the same time, it fell out with the US and the EU over rights abuses and controversial land reforms.

The relationship has continued to thrive under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over the country after Mugabe was toppled by his army generals in 2017.


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