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A delegation from the Chinese International Cooperation Centre of National Development and Reform Commission (ICC-NDRC) jets in today for a seminar on cooperation between Zimbabwe and the Asian giant.

The delegation, headed by ICC-NDRC director general Cao Wenlian, will hold a seminar with their Zimbabwean counterparts on China-Zimbabwe cooperation starting tomorrow, the Chinese Embassy said.

The seminar will be organised by the Office of the President and Cabinet.

The delegation will also tour the Morton Jaffray Water Works where the capital draws the bulk of its water.

Harare City Council obtained a US$144 million loan from China to implement infrastructure rehabilitation works at Morton Jaffray.

China is seen by Zimbabwe as an all-weather friend after the country looked East following the tightening of screws by the West due to human rights violations and governance deficit.

Last year, President Robert Mugabe led a delegation to China where "mega deals" involving infrastructure projects were signed.

Nothing has however been seen to materialise from those deals.

In as early as September last year, The Telescope News reported that President Robert Mugabe was reported to have discussed the succession hand over, with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during his visit to Beijing in August last year where the only leader Zimbabwe has ever had since birth 35 years ago reportedlyrevealed that Emmerson Mnangagwa would be the next President.

According to a presidential party delegate who travelled with Mugabe, the explosive Zanu PF succession issue was high on the agenda, when Mugabe met Jinping for a closed door evening meeting, a day after he arrived in China, which was not disclosed to both Zimbabwean and Chinese media.

Disclosures of the alleged secret meeting between the two leaders, is coming on the backcloth of reports that China has "demanded clarity" on the sensative matter, and has stepped up financial and political support for their desired candidate, Mnangagwa, who received part of his military training in China during the 60s, as the Asian powerhouse angles to secure her wide economic interests in Harare through a trusted politician with close links to Beijing.

China has become the first foreign power, to be openly involved in Mugabe's succession matrix, albeit in a very covert manner. As first reported by this publication on 25 June 2014, Beijing has reportedly set aside a whopping US$1 billion loan facility, for the economic resuscitation of Zimbabwe, under a Mnangagwa presidency should it materialise.

Meanwhile, the delegation from China which is coming to meet senior officials from the Office of the President and Cabinet, will be welcomes by Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa as President Mugabe is still enjoying his annual holiday in Singapore, it is reported. READ FULL TEXT HERE: President Mugabe says Emmerson Mnangagwa will be the next president

The succession debate was revived last week when top ZANU PF musician-cum-politician, Energy Mutodi — a self-confessed follower of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has said the latter is replacing his boss Robert Mugabe in March, a few weeks after Mugabe's birthday which falls on 21 February. READ FULL TEXT HERE: President Mugabe to hand over power to Mnangwaga just after his birthday


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