Sunday, July 17, 2005

Mugabe taking begging bowl to China


BEIJING. 29 Jul 2005. The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reports that President Robert Mugabe plans to lead a high-powered delegation to China in search of a "comprehensive economic rescue package."

Mugabe is expected to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao for talks that would cover a "wide range of issues." But his main aim, the newspaper reports, is to secure an economic rescue package to deal with an array of problems in Zimbabwe.

The country is reported to be suffering a shortage of foreign currency, needed to buy critical supplies such as fuel. because of its poor export performance.

The newspaper says Mugabe wants to take advantage of his close ties with the Chinese, which date back to the liberation struggle during the 1970s when Beijing trained and armed Zanu PF's military wing, Zanla....

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