China prepares to give US$140 million parliament building to Zimbabwe

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China is preparing to give Zimbabwe a new US$140 million building that will be home to the African nation’s parliament. The gift is the latest in a series of grand projects across Africa that are designed to deepen Beijing’s influence on the continent where China is already the largest trading partner and lender. The site at Mount Hampden, about 18km (11 miles) northwest of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, heralds the start of a new city. The 650-seat building will replace the current colonial-era structure which has only 100 seats for Zimbabwe’s 350 legislators. The new parliament built by China’s Shanghai Construction Group was fully paid for by Beijing. It took 42 months to complete after a 10-month delay caused by Covid-19 disruptions.

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