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"Other fa­cil­i­ties like banks, ho­tels will be built around this place," Mnan­gagwa said, adding that a "mod­ern, smart city" was planned.

Mnan­gagwa took over from long-time ruler Robert Mu­gabe, who was ousted by the mil­i­tary in Novem­ber 2017.

He has vowed to re­vive Zim­babwe's econ­omy that has been in ru­ins for nearly two decades.

China has funded and pro­vided loans for many in­fra­struc­ture projects across Africa in re­cent years, rang­ing from roads and power plants to sports sta­di­ums and gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

Crit­ics say China's in­creas­ing sway over the con­ti­nent un­der­mines democ­racy and sovereignty.

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