Xi Hails Zimbabwe Leader as ‘Old Friend of China’
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President Xi Jinping greeted Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa as an “old friend” of China on Tuesday (Apr 3) as the African leader visited Beijing, which previously backed his ousted predecessor Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa, who received military training in China when he was a young liberation fighter in the 1960s, was met with a military honour guard at the Great Hall of the People on his first state visit outside of Africa.
The two leaders oversaw the signing of six documents, including a letter on economic and development cooperation and another on emergency food assistance, as Mnanangwa seeks help from a major ally with historic ties to Zimbabwe.
“I heartily welcome President Mnangagwa on his visit to Beijing,” Xi said as the two sat down for talks.
“You are an old friend of China and I appreciate your efforts to develop relations in all areas,” he said.