China's President Xi Jinping (2nd R) shakes  hands  with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (2nd L) as he arrive on December 1, 2015 in Harare. 
China's President Xi Jinping visited Zimbabwe on December 1 on a rare trip by a world leader to a country shunned by Western powers over President Robert Mugabe's widely-criticised record on human rights.
. The two leaders held talks and oversaw the signing by their ministers of 10 agreements and memorandums of understanding covering energy, aviation, telecommunications and investment promotion deals to shore up Zimbabwe's economy, which has fallen into dire straits under Mugabe's rule.
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