Zimbabwe and China relations have continued to strengthen in the new dispensation with President Emmerson Mnangagwa penciled to visit the Asian economic giant for his first official visit outside Africa since assuming the presidency in November last year. 

Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Huang Ping today paid a courtesy call on the new Minister of Energy, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo to congratulate him, where he pledged his country’s commitment to participate in the local development agenda.

He added that the visit to Zimbabwe by a Chinese envoy from President Xi Jinping was a symbol of that commitment.

“China was the first county to send a special envoy to congratulate Cde Mnangagwa.

Carrying a letter from President Xi, the envoy invited President Mnangagwa to visit China and President Mnangagwa said he will go to China as his first visit out of Africa and we are expecting the two leaders to map out a blueprint for development of our two countries,” said Cde Khaya Moyo, adding that the new era has not changed Sino-Zim relations but cemented them.

The Chinese are funding and constructing Kariba South Expansion Project, which will add 150 megawatts to the national power grid once commissioned.

Another generator unit 8 is under construction and expected to be operational around April, adding another 150 megawatts.

The Chinese have also expressed interest in investing in the underutilised solar energy industry through the establishment of a solar power which will help exploit the abundant sunshine.