Chinese President Xi Jinping landed Tuesday morning in Harare and was greeted with a 21-gun salute by his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe.
This marks the first visit of a Chinese leader to the country since 1996.
The visit shows Beijing’s interest in “cementing relations between the two countries”, as specified by Xi, who applauded Zimbabwe’s role as acting chair of the African Union in favoring and reinforcing the development of the continent”.
China last year invested $238 million in Zimbabwe, becoming its first economic partner.
The Asian giant last year imported from the country $840 million mainly in tobacco and cotton, while Beijing exported to Zimbabwe $400 billion in merchandise.
The Chinese President will head to South Africa tomorrow to attend the China-Africa Cooperation summit in Johannesburg.