It is now on the side of the quarrel between Zimbabwe and its trading partner, China. Visiting Harare, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for an end to international sanctions against Zimbabwe.
« The unilateral sanctions imposed by certain countries and organizations in Zimbabwe have no basis in international law and violate Zimbabwe’s legitimate rights and interests in development, » said Yi, on the last leg of his tour African who previously took him to Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea and Burundi.
Since Emmerson Mnangagwa came to power in 2017, Zimbabwe has campaigned for the lifting of international sanctions, notably maintained by the United States and the European Union. They blame the Zimbabwean government for its lack of respect for human rights and the press.
Pressure that annoys Harare. As a sign of this annoyance, the government declared a public holiday in October to encourage street demonstrations against these sanctions. Dozens of people including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as well as businesses and organizations are subject to the sanctions.
At the insistence of these restrictions, Zimbabwe has strengthened ties with China, Africa’s strong economic partner. However, in November, the Zimbabwean government said it had received only $ 3.6 million in bilateral aid from Beijing between January and September 2019, far behind the United States and the United Kingdom. Visibly crumpled, Beijing had criticized Harare for underestimating its aid, advancing a figure almost 40 times higher ($ 136.8 million).
The quarrel, however, seems far behind the two countries. On Sunday, Beijing pledged to strengthen cooperation with Harare, building on a win-win partnership.