Respect Mugabe's decision to resign, he will remain a friend: China

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AFP Beijing, China Nov 22, 2017, 08.26 AM (IST)

China on Wednesday said it respected Robert Mugabe's decision to step down as president of Zimbabwe and vowed to continue "friendly" relations with the country it backed during his authoritarian rule.

"China respects Mr. Mugabe's decision to resign, and he is still a good friend of the Chinese people," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular news briefing.