The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Beijing, China and held a series of high level meetings with the Chinese political and business leadership on issues to deal with the urgent need to mobilise inputs for the 2011/2012 agricultural season as well as political threats being posed by the west to smaller nations.
Cde Mugabe, who is leading a delegation to the East, held a closed door meeting with the Acting President of China, Mr Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
President Mugabe also held separate closed-door meetings with Chinese Minister of International Department, Mr Wang Jiarui, China Development Bank president, Mr Jiang Chaoliang and Exim bank of China president, Mr Li Ruogu, to share ideas on the existing bilateral relations between the two countries.
Presidential spokesperson, Cde George Charamba told journalists soon after emerging from the Great Hall session that Cde Mugabe presented a number of issues to the Chinese President, ranging from the urgent need to secure resources to assist farmers this season, challenges affecting the aviation sector in Zimbabwe, as well as the current wave of aggression by the west to topple democratically-elected governments like what happened in Libya.
Cde Charamba noted that President Mugabe made an urgent appeal to his counterpart, Mr Jinping, to assist Zimbabwe in mobilising resources to help farmers who are crying foul over lack support for the 2011/2012 summer cropping season.
On the political front, Cde Charamba said Cde Mugabe requested China and Russia to use their veto powers to provide protection to smaller nations against western machinations to invade the so-called weaker countries so as to loot their God-given resources.
Cde Mugabe indicated to the Chinese Acting President that Zimbabwe, which is endowed with vast mineral resources such as diamonds, platinum and gold, could be subject to similar attacks as those in Libya, Syria and Iran, hence the need for China and Russia to rise up and provide protection.
Responding to President Mugabeâ€™s plea, the Chinese Acting President paid tribute to Cde Mugabe for cultivating strong ties with China before, during and after the liberation struggle, saying the Asian giant will continue to stand by ZimbabweÂ as it defends its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Cde Mugabe later extended an invitation for the Chinese Acting President to visit Zimbabwe, an invitation which the Chinese leadership promised to fulfill.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made, who is part of the Zimbabwean delegation, said the Exim bank of China has pledged to facilitate funding to assist farmers acquire inputs from seed and fertiliser suppliers in Zimbabwe.
Dr Made could not be drawn into giving more details concerning the loan facility, but indicated that negotiations between President Mugabe and Exim bank to urgently intervene and provide funding to secure inputs for Zimbabwean farmers progressed well.