Presidents Xi Jinping and Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe voiced their desire to continue the economic cooperation between their two countries, Reuters reports, during their first official visit since the ousting of Robert Mugabe late last year.
China has been raising its presence in Africa through trillions of dollars’ worth of large infrastructure projects, Zimbabwe being a key benefactor of such policies despite Western countries withdrawal of investment as a protest against the Mugabe regime.
Following the departure of Mugabe, whom Beijing previously considered a ‘good friend’, China has continued to invest in the country. In December, China was commissioned to execute a $153 million renovation of Zimbabwe’s main international airport in Harare.
“I’m willing to work with Mr. President to jointly map out our future cooperation and write a new chapter in China-Zimbabwe relations for the benefit of our two peoples,” said Xi during their meeting in Beijing.