Presidents Robert Mugabe and Xi Jinping
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China welcomes Zimbabwe's Mugabe

29 August 2014 Last updated at 18:15 BST

China has given the Zimbabwean president a warm reception on his five day visit there.

Robert Mugabe was hoping to secure a number of trade deals to help boost his country's struggling economy.

Mr Mugabe was greeted with a 21-gun salute,

Mr Xi calling him "an old friend of the Chinese people whom we respect very much".

John Sudworth reports.