Mugabe and Cabinet visit China

Reports say there are expectations that a Chinese deal could reverse Zim’s economic misfortunes.

FILE: Robert Mugabe denied independent press reports claiming he wanted to secure a cash bailout of 4 billion US dollars from Beijing. Picture: AFP.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - No less than six cabinet ministers have gone with President Robert Mugabe on this state visit to China.

His spokesman George Charamba told state media today that Mugabe's delegation will be trying to drum up Chinese investment in Zimbabwean infrastructure, including power generation, roads and railways.

He denied independent press reports claiming that Mugabe wanted to secure a cash bailout of 4 billion US dollars from Beijing.

Significantly, the official Sunday Mail is carrying an article today headlined "China is not Father Christmas".

The paper says there are expectations that a Chinese deal could reverse Zimbabwe's economic misfortunes but locals have to understand that a direct cash injection is unlikely.