China respects President Mugabe’s decision

China says it “respects Robert Mugabe’s decision to resign, and he is still a good friend of the Chinese people”.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang added that China’s policy toward Zimbabwe would not change.

China’s relations with Zimbabwe are deep, starting during the Rhodesian bush war.

Mr Mugabe failed in 1979 to get Soviet backing, so turned to China, which provided his guerrilla fighters with weapons and training.

Both countries formally established diplomatic relations at Zimbabwean independence in 1980 and Mr Mugabe visited Beijing as prime minister the following year.

He has been a regular visitor since.


Jason Kohl

I was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1997. I've lived in Waterford, Connecticut my whole life. Growing up, I also loved learning about the history of mankind, the power that politicians can possess, and how that impacts us internationally, nationally, and state wise. I try to be as partisan as possible, I consider myself to be a Moderate.