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China Accused Zimbabwe of Undercounting Its Financial Assistance… By a Lot!

Zimbabwe Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube arrives at the Parliament of Zimbabwe to present the national annual budget, a few days after the introduction of a new currency in the country, in Harare, on November 14, 2019. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

A very public rift broke out on Tuesday between China and Zimbabwe over how much financial assistance Beijing provides to Harare. 

It all began last Thursday when Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a budget statement that Zimbabwe had received a total of $194 million from bilateral donors, mostly from US/EU countries.

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