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Vol 5 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2012


Zimbabwe

Parting gifts

As new national elections loom, both parties in Zimbabwe’s coalition government are building stronger ties with Beijing

China’s new Ambassador Lin Lin takes up his post in Harare this month. Ambassador Lin follows the outgoing Xin Shunkang, who completed a highly successful two-and-a-half-year tour of duty on 17 June. During Ambassdor Xin’s tenure, China has become an important player in Zimbabwe’s economy and its companies, which have dug into the mining sector and control important interests elsewhere, particularly in construction and retail, are largely exempt from the indigenisation and empowerment regulations that frustrate other foreign investors.

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