Chinese Vice President meets Zimbabwe's President on stronger ties

11:13, August 14, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to cement bilateral ties.

Xi extended a warm welcome to Mugabe, who attended the events marking Zimbabwe Day at ongoing World Expo in Shanghai Thursday before coming to Beijing.

Mugabe said the Shanghai Expo "enabled African countries good opportunities to exhibit various products."

Zimbabwe is among 42 African countries that are participating at the expo which began on May and runs until October.

Zimbabwe's stand is in the joint African pavilion which houses African countries from where it is using videos, stone sculpture and artefacts to showcase its cultural, business and socio-economic potential to the world.

Xi hailed Mugabe as a household African liberation movement leader and an old friend of the Chinese people as the 86-year-old leader recalled his first visit to China in 1970 and marvelled at great changes in the country.

Xi paid homage to Mugabe's commitment to boosting Zimbabwe-China cooperation and solidarity.

Earlier Friday, Chinese President Hu Jintao held hour-long talks with Mugabe, which Xi said "produced extensive consensus on bilateral friendship and will add momentum to bilateral ties."

Xi said China always cherished its friendship with Zimbabwe and would like to work together to expand cooperation and exchanges under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Mugabe thanked China for providing support and assistance to Zibabwe and other African countries. He called on the two countries to work more closely in agriculture, finance and other fields.

The hour-long meeting, followed by a welcome banquet, took place in Diaoyutai Guesthouse in western Beijing.

Mugabe left Beijing for Hongkong Friday night.

Source: Xinhua


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