China respects Mugabe’s decision to resign

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Xi Jinping, China’s president

China said on Wednesday that it respects Robert Mugabe’s decision to resign as Zimbabwe’s president, a week after the African country’s army and Mugabe’s former political allies moved to end his four decades of rule.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remark during a news conference, adding that China’s policy toward Zimbabwe would not change.

On Nov. 16, China said its “friendly policy” toward Zimbabwe would not change, after the military said it had seized power and was holding Mugabe and his family safe while targeting “criminals”.

China is paying close attention to the situation in Zimbabwe and hoped for stability and a peaceful, “appropriate” resolution, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news conference in Beijing.

China’s cooperation with Zimbabwe was “all round” and benefited…

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