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Vol 6 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2013


Small beer from Beijing

Vice-President Wang Yang’s visit sees scrabbling state media rerun an old warning to Chinese companies from Prime Minister Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe's new constitution finally passed into law on 22 May and the way is now clear for elections. The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front is pushing for the polls to be held by July but other parties want to defer the date until the repeal of repressive laws, including those governing the media, provides a more level playing field for all the candidates. Amidst the excitement, China's Vice-President Wang Yang landed in Harare on 21 May, presenting the ZANU-PF-run media, in particular The Herald, with some perplexing problems.

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