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Tsvangirai meets Chinese premier


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday met with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Tsvangirais spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said the two leaders discussed issues of mutual cooperation between Zimbabwe and China.

Tamborinyoka said Jiabao noted the stability in Zimbabwe which he said was due to the positive impact of the inclusive government, adding that Prime Minister Tsvangirais presence in government had added to the rejuvenation of the economy and improved the lives of the people.

Jibao reportedly said: China wants to maintain high level bilateral exchanges to uphold our common interests. The close co-operation and exchange of expertise should continue between the two countries.

Tsvangirai, who is on his maiden trip to China, said his presence in Beijing was evidence of the sound relationship between the two countries.

He updated his Chinese counterpart on political developments in Zimbabwe, saying the country was about to conclude the constitution-making process which he said was a key process in a roadmap brokered by Sadc ahead of the next election.

Other reforms are still outstanding but we hope that with the support of Sadc and friendly countries such as China, we will be able to hold a free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, he said.

Tsvangirai travelled to China last week amid reports that his delegation was bloated. The delegation includes State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo, Water Resources Minister, Sam Sipepa Nkomo, government officials and Harare City Council.

The projects which the Chinese have offered to assist in include Kariba Hydro Power station, Hwange 7 and 8 Thermal Power station, rehabilitation of Harare City council water and sewerage systems and the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project.

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