High-level Chinese delegation arrives in Zimbabwe

By John Nhandara

A high-level Chinese delegation has arrived in the country ahead of an engagement with President Emmerson Mnangagwa this Sunday.

The delegation is headed by Chinese Communist Party Politburo member, Mr Yang Jiechi, and was sent by President Xi Jinping on a two-day state visit to Zimbabwe.

The delegation is scheduled to meet Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Fredrick Shava before holding high level engagements with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House Sunday morning.

Receiving the delegation at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport this Saturday, Minister Shava noted that the visit is an opportunity for the two countries to pursue more areas of cooperation.

“China are our friends and strategic partners. It’s a friendly visit we will pursue matters of mutual interest,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s cooperation with China is based on a win-win relationship with the Chinese government and companies implementing various infrastructure projects in the country.

In a government-to-government agreement, a Chinese contractor, Shanghai Construction group recently completed the construction of the new Parliament Building in Mt Hampden, while the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport is being expanded under a Zimbabwe – China government agreement.