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Investment expectation high as Xi arrives in Zimbabwe

By ZHAO HUANXIN in Harare ( Updated: 2015-12-01 16:53

President Xi Jinping arrived at Harare International Airport on Tuesday morning for a two-day visit, after wrapping up a 33-hour trip to France where he attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the Paris climate change conference.

Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan were greeted by his Zimbabwean counterpart, 91-year-old Robert Mugabe and his wife at the airport. The presidents are expected to meet for talks in the afternoon.

This is the first state visit by a Chinese leader to Zimbabwe since 1996, and Xi's second trip to Africa as president.

With this trip, Xi said he looked forward to enhancing friendship between the two countries, exploring new opportunities for cooperation in all areas and delivering more benefits to the two peoples.

He also said in an article published in leading Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald , on Saturday that bilateral friendship has taken root and sprouted in the hearts of the two peoples.

The countries established diplomatic relations on April 18, 1980, the day Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain.

In addition to his wife, Xi's entourage includes State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Director of National Development and Reform Commission Xu Shaoshi and Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng, indicating that a raft of agreements on economic, trade and investment are likely to be signed during the visit.

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