President meets Chinese counterpart today

President Mugabe and the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe  are  welcomed  by Chinese Foreign Minister  Wan Yi (right), Zimbabwe  Ambassador to China Cde Frederick Shava and a flower girl at the Beijing International Capital Airport yesterday. — Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

President Mugabe and the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe are welcomed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wan Yi (right), Zimbabwe Ambassador to China Cde Frederick Shava and a flower girl at the Beijing International Capital Airport yesterday. — Picture by Presidential Photographer Joseph Nyadzayo)

Lloyd Gumbo in BEIJING, China
President Mugabe is today expected to meet his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, as Harare and Beijing seek to strengthen co-operation in many economic sectors.Speaking to the media after a closed-door meeting following President Mugabe’s arrival here yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said the two leaders would deliberate on a number of issues.

He, however, declined to disclose the full agenda of today’s meeting.
“The main item on the agenda tomorrow is the meeting between His Excellency President Mugabe and his Chinese counterpart, His Excellency Xi Jinping,” he said.
“Following on the meeting between the two leaders will be a State banquet to be hosted by President Xi honour of his visitor.”

Minister Mumbengegwi said ministers under the Zimbabwe – China Joint Permanent Commission met from August 21-22, 2014, where they reviewed progress on co-operation between Zimbabwe and China.

He said they discussed co-operation in a number of areas among them infrastructure in energy, transport, information communication technology, agriculture as well as the social sector.

“We agreed that both sides must step up co-operation but the details of the commission will be spelt out in due course,” said Minister Mumbengegwi.
President Mugabe is in China for a week-long State visit that is expected to unlock investment in infrastructure.

The President is accompanied by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, their son Bellarmine, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi; Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Secretary Mr George Charamba and other senior Government officials.

The delegation was received at the Beijing International Capital Airport by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China Cde Frederick Shava, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Lin Lin and other senior Zimbabwean and Chinese government officials.

Also at the airport to receive the President and his delegation were ministers who had been part of the advance team among them Cdes Mumbengegwi, Patrick Chinamasa (Finance and Economic Development), Obert Mpofu (Transport and Infrastructural Development) as well as Walter Chidhakwa (Mines and Mining Development).

The ministers are part of the Zimbabwe-China Joint Permanent Commission.
President Mugabe inspected a guard of honour mounted for him by the Chinese Army on his arrival at the airport before going into a closed-door meeting with Zimbabwean and Chinese officials.

Mr Charamba on Sunday said the thrust of the delegation’s visit was to deepen cooperation between Harare and Beijing contrary to claims by some sections of the private media that the delegation was in China to look for money.

“We are largely looking at investment of an infrastructural nature and the focus is on energy, that is coal and thermal, hard communication by way of road networks, rail, locomotives,” Mr Charamba said.

“We are also looking at areas to do with agriculture to take forward our programme of mechanisation. We are looking at strengthening the telecommunications sector, possibly broadcasting.”

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  • Tsuro

    Hope no assets and resources are being sold to China…..Hope it is not a recurrence of British- Lobegula saga

    • Gudo

      History will always repeat, but this time around Bob is a learned leader whereas Lobs was primitive. Chokwadi mapfupa a Chaminuka achamuka nyika yeenda kechipiri iyi. Tichabayiwa ne kungfu muno.

    • Vusumuzi Bvunzawabaya

      The horse has bolted comrade: where do you think diamond revenues are going. The Zimbabwe diamonds are of a higher quality than the Botswana but our government has not received a cent because the new Colonial Master China is dictating the agenda!!We are slowly but surely becoming their colony. And its all Thanks to CORRUPTION by our leaders

  • Globe Trotter

    This Old man and his thugs recked our economy for political survival now he globe trots begging for funds to finance a half packed economic blue print. He doesnt even thnk that some of the policies his party pursues are hurting the man on the street while they wine and dine.

  • Totenda Maruva Tadya Chakata

    The welcome itself speaks volumes: welcomed by a Foreign Minister? I am sure we are no longer a partner for these Chinese. Let me hope my permissive is misplaced and that the Chinese will flood Zimbabwe with dollars seeing we are their All-weather Friend after all if they can send US20billion to our enemy UK they can do better for us!

    • Vusumuzi Bvunzawabaya

      Zimbabwe is jus a beggar comrade thanks to looting so this should not come as a surprise:in any case who in their right mind would support a government this CORRUPT! Count the delegates on this trip possibly 100 to maximise on daily allowances NXa!!

  • Simbai

    Will any Chinese financial institutions be prepared to accept the risks and guarantee long-term loans for infrastructure projects, when the next globally endorsed ‘free and fair’ truly legitimate Zimbabwe government may refuse to accept debts incurred by an illegitimate Zanu-PF Government?

    • EazyRyderPaper

      That cannot happen….indeed Otherwise African nations would have refused responsibility of colonial undemocratic gvts…if any successive gvt disowns the loans taken by the incumbent gvt they will find themselves unable to attract a single dollar in foreign aid or investment bcoz if an MDC gvt refuses to pay for loans taken by a ZANU gvt then just as easily the reverse could happen…and btw like it or not this gvt was chosen freely in July 2013…no one believes these rigging stories anymore

  • maita

    His Excllence was telling his fellow SADC leaders not to rely on foreigners and before the ink dries he is in China looking for help from foreigners, I think SADC leaders if they are clever must be laughing.

  • Mukaro

    After being snubbed by the Chinese President, tabata tsvimbo kuenda ko.

  • Karikoga Museve

    Ndinofunga flower girl amhoresa vaMugabe neShona apo. Taurai tinzwe vanga variko.

  • Tarubva

    Did Bellarmine, the President’s son, travel at taxpayers’ expense? What is his role on this trip considering he is not a civil servant? That is how impunity starts, the little things build up.

    • chanaiwa

      The main item on the agenda tomorrow is the meeting btwn president mugabe and his chinese counterpart….poor Mumbengegwi

  • Newskaonme

    We hope he doesnt get anything from him then kikikiki

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Western governments also borrowed from China during their recession..Zimbabwe can do likewise to consolidate our look East policy. The US used bonds to borrow from China when its BRETTON WOODS institutions ran financially dry! Foolish insinuations on our President`s visit , from MDCT activists dont hold water. MDCT stooges dont understand how the US is disrupting our diamonds trade , despite the Kimberly approval.. Only the Damascan road bound BITI understood the constraint on our diamonds trade.We wish our dear leader a succcessful trip in support of our trajectory to revive our sanctions squeezed economy!

    • Ray Houghton

      Diamonds that are worth $30-$40 a carat, hardly even industrial quality. Anyway, where’s the revenue, certainly none in the Reserve Bank!

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        US is using its satanic muscles to scuttle our diamonds trade ! Please inform yourself on the sanctions statute imposed by US called ZEDRA! Be remindeed that Biti as GNU FINANCE MINISTER wrote to the US govt asking them to remove sanctions on our diamond trade as he sought to improve govt revenue from diamonds trade!