Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Guo Shaochun (right) has paid a courtesy call on Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga

The Chinese government has availed a $30 million disaster relief fund to Zimbabwe towards drilling of boreholes and re-construction of key infrastructure damaged in the areas affected by Cyclone Idai.

China has once again came to the rescue of Zimbabwe as its ambassador to Harare Mr Guo Shaochun told journalists after a closed door meeting with Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga in Harare that China decided to avail more disaster relief aid to the areas affected by Cyclone Idai.

“We had a fruitful meeting with Vice Chiwenga; it’s my first time to brief him since I came here. China continues to mourn with Zimbabwe, so we have decided to avail more disaster relief aid to the affected areas. We will drill over 500 boreholes and provide other help…so $30 million worth of assistance has been availed during our meeting with the vice president,” said Mr Shaochun.

Apart from the disaster relief aid by China, the all weather bilateral relations have gone a gear up with the new ambassador prepared to support Zimbabwe under the $60 billion Chinese fund being extended to African countries.

“We have mega deals which are now in different stages of implementation. During the discussion the Chinese ambassador pledged to take our relations a gear up under the $60 billion facility for African countries,” revealed Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo.

Last week the week, China donated US$800 000 in cash as emergency humanitarian assistance to help Zimbabwe deal with the aftermath of the Cyclone Idai which has killed several people and destroyed properties and infrastructure in Chipinge, Chimanimani, Bikita and other places.