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China hopes for stable partner in Zimbabwe after Mugabe

Outlook unclear after protests against Chinese influence

JOHANNESBURG -- On Saturday, tens of thousands of people gathered on the streets of Zimbabwean capital Harare to demand the ouster of their long-ruling President Robert Mugabe. But the 93-year-old leader was not the only target of Zimbabweans' ire that day. The protesters also lashed out at the country that has been Mugabe's ally for decades: China.

"Mugabe sold us out to the Chinese, and we are going to remove him!" crowds chanted as they made their way down Robert Mugabe Avenue, according to local media reports.

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