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Zim’s vice president: China remains preferred investor

Emmerson Mnangagwa says Harare had found support and co-operation from China.

FILE: Emmerson Mnangagwa. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has told a visiting Chinese delegation that China remains Zimbabwe's preferred investor.

Mnangagwa says President Robert Mugabe's government won't forget that Western countries gave them "hell" over the past 15 years.

State ZBC TV showed Mnangagwa meeting Lu Xinhua, the head of a Chinese business delegation.

Mnangagwa said that Harare had found support and co-operation from China.

He said the West had "given them hell" in what seemed to be a reference to the sanctions imposed on Mugabe and his associates by the United Stated and the European Union.

Mnangagwa said: "President Robert Mugabe calls China Zimbabwe's all-weather friend."

But large Chinese companies are not exempt from indigenisation laws, officials say, even though back in 2011 it was thought they might be.