Beijing - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday told President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe that they should work towards a new chapter in ties, during the African leader's first state visit to China since he seized power last year.
Mnangagwa, who was sworn in as president in November after a de facto military coup ended Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule, has vowed to rebuild his country’s ravaged economy and re-engage with the international community.
China had considered Mugabe a "good friend" in a relationship dating back to its support for Zimbabwe's independence war, but pointedly failed to support him when he was ousted.
“I'm willing to work with Mr President to jointly map out our future cooperation and write a new chapter in China-Zimbabwe relations for the benefit of our two peoples," Xi said, during a meeting in Beijing.
China has growing interest in investing in Africa's natural resources and has poured more than $100 billion into roads, railways, mines, powerlines and factories on the continent over the last decade.