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Mugabe Visits China


Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has begun a six-day visit to China.

Zimbabwe is seeking aid from China and other Asian nations after being snubbed by Western countries.

Mr. Mugabe, who arrived Saturday, will meet his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and the chairman of China's legislature, Wu Bangguo.

The United Nations issued a report last week criticizing Mr. Mugabe's government for a so-called urban cleanup drive that has seen the demolition of shantytowns and left an estimated 700,000 people without homes or jobs.

Zimbabwe's economy has been spiraling downwards since the government started seizing thousands of white-owned farms five years ago for redistribution to blacks.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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