Mnangagwa’s strong ties with Beijing prompt fears he will emulate Xi Jinping’s regime

Amid the turmoil and violence that has followed Zimbabwe’s elections and the announcement of the contested results handing victory to incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man known on the streets as “the crocodile” has had one unambiguous foreign backer.

China was quick to describe the election as “peaceful and orderly” and called on all sides to ensure stability after six people were killed in street protests. On Friday Beijing spoke out again, calling for the “choice made by the people of Zimbabwe” to be respected.

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