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Chinese president arrives for state visit to Zimbabwe

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12-01-2015 19:26 BJT

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Zimbabwe's capital Harare to start a five-day visit to Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Xi will meet with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his stay in Harare. The leaders are expected to chart the course for advancing the friendly ties between their countries. The two nations are also expected to sign a series of cooperation deals covering such fields as infrastructure, investment, financing, culture and wildlife protection.

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honor during a welcome ceremony held for him by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Dec. 1, 2015. Xi arrived here Tuesday for a state visit to Zimbabwe. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honor during a welcome ceremony held for him by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Dec. 1, 2015. Xi arrived here Tuesday for a state visit to Zimbabwe. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Mugabe said in a recent interview with China's Xinhua News agency that he hopes that China will help Zimbabwe carry out some key economic and public welfare projects to speed up the country's socio-economic development. Xi and a large Chinese delegation will travel from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg Wednesday ahead of the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Xi’s trip to Zimbabwe comes on the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-Zimbabwe diplomatic relations. The trip is Xi's first to Zimbabwe and the first state visit by a Chinese president to the African country since 1996.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L, front) attends a welcome ceremony held by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Dec. 1, 2015. Xi arrived here Tuesday for a state visit to Zimbabwe. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L, front) attends a welcome ceremony held by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe, Dec. 1, 2015. Xi arrived here Tuesday for a state visit to Zimbabwe. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Dec. 1, 2015. Xi arrived here Tuesday for a state visit to Zimbabwe. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Dec. 1, 2015. Xi arrived here Tuesday for a state visit to Zimbabwe. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)


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