INTRODUCTION: China and Zimbabwe signed two agreements on trade and cultural exchange in Peking on Thursday (14 May).
SV Deng Xiapeng shaking hands with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and other delegates
GV Zimbabwe delegates seated (2 shots)
CU & ZOOM OUT Deng talking with Mugabe (2 shots)
CU Zimbabwe and Chinese flags on table
SV Mugabe and Premier Zhao Ziyang ZOOM OUT Chinese and Zimbabwean delegates signing agreement (6 shots)
SV Ministers exchanging agreements and shaking hands
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Background: INTRODUCTION: China and Zimbabwe signed two agreements on trade and cultural exchange in Peking on Thursday (14 May). The signing ceremony was attended by Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, who is on his first official visit to China since his country gained independence last year.
SYNOPSIS: The Zimbabwe leader headed a high-powered delegation including his Finance and Foreign Minister, his Education and Health Minister, and the Minister for Lands Resettlement and Rural Development. After two rounds of talks with Chinese leaders, Mr. Mugabe told a news conference on Thursday that China was prepared to provide assistance in various fields in addition to a 25-million dollar aid pledge made since independence. He said the other purpose of his visit was to express gratitude to China for supporting his faction during the pre-independence Rhodesian bush war. Mr. Mugabe said he hoped the Chinese would now help Zimbabwe modernise its peasant agriculture and establish small-scale industries in rural areas.
Under the new agreements, both countries undertook to facilitate mutual trade contacts and grant each other most-favoured nation treatment. On the cultural front, they agreed to promote cooperation in the fields of education, science, health, sports, and broadcasting. Earlier, Mr. Mugabe met Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang, the man tipped to succeed Hua Guofeng as Party Chairman later this year. Mr. Zhao reportedly cautioned Mr. Mugabe against undue haste in carrying out social and economic reform.