Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has left the country for China on an official visit.Cde Mugabe is accompanied by the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr Joseph Made and senior government officials.
He was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Cde John Nkomo, Defence Minister, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development Minister, Cde Nicholas Goche, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, service chiefs and top government officials.
During his official visit to Beijing, President Mugabe and his delegation are expected to hold high level meetings with the Chinese political and business leadership.
Zimbabwe and China enjoy cordial bi-lateral relations which date back to the days of the liberation struggle.
On the political front, the Asian giant has stood by Zimbabwe and supported the country in the face of illegal sanctions imposed by Western nations.
Cde Mugabeâ€™s vision in championing the Look East Policy has seen the Chinese taking the lead in partnering Zimbabwe to revitalise agriculture and the business sector that were hit hard by the illegal sanctions.