Zim-China relations ‘unshakeable’

“Developing friendly relations between China and Zimbabwe is an unshakeable policy,” Chinese state television quoted Hu as saying as he received Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Beijing.

Hu said he wanted to develop “agriculture, telecommunications and infrastructure” ties with Zimbabwe.

Mugabe has cultivated relations with Asian countries as part of a “look east” policy since many western countries imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe four years ago, riled by the country’s landmark land reforms meant to empower landless Zimbabweans.

“The Zimbabwean government pays a great deal of attention to relations between the two countries,” Mugabe told the Chinese president.

The meeting was just one of several one-on-one encounters planned Monday between top Chinese leaders and the leaders of African countries who attended a two-day China-Africa summit in Beijing that concluded on Sunday.

The summit was seen as strengthening China’s ties with Africa and resulted in $1,9-billion in trade deals, plus Chinese promises of aid, debt relief, and increased bilateral trade in the years ahead. ‘ Sapa-AFP- own.

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