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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Mugabe Reports Back to the Mother Ship

News 24 reports:

Beijing - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe will visit China from Saturday for talks with senior leaders including his counterpart Hu Jintao, state media reported on Monday.

Mugabe, whose drive to demolish illegal housing and trading in his homeland has whipped up widespread criticism, would be hosted by China for six days, Xinhua news agency said.

Following sanctions and isolation by Western countries over the political crisis in the country, Zimbabwe adopted a "Look East" policy, fostering new relations with Asian countries, particularly China, Malaysia and Singapore.

Mugabe has won backing from China with Wu Bangguo, chairperson of the standing committee of the National People's Congress of China, voicing support for his controversial land reform program on a visit to Harare last year.

The latest drive to clear up "crime and grime", launched on May 19, has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

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