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Vol 2 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2009


Zimbabwe

Re-enter the dragon

Bilateral trade is growing as Chinese diplomats explain their role in the negotiations for Zimbabwe's power-sharing government

The Beijing-Harare axis is thriving under Zimbabwe's power-sharing government. Despite opposition claims that China would lose influence because of its close relations with President Robert Mugabe and its historical support for the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), trade with Zimbabwe is increasing again. Furthermore, Beijing's officials say they helped prepare the ground for the new government, a claim which irritates Western diplomats.

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