BEIJING-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has arrived in Beijing to attend the 7th summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), a platform for interaction between the Asian country and African countries, to be held on Monday and Tuesday.

Following the summit, whose theme is China and Africa: Towards an even stronger community with a shared future through win-win co-operation, President Mnangagwa is expected to hold bilateral talks with Chinese President XI Jinping on Wednesday and later meet National People's Congress (Parliament) chairperson Li Zhanshu, who is expected to host a banquet for him.

The summit is expected to draw up policy measures for developing co-operation between the two sides in almost every field from political, economic, trade, finance, infrastructure, people to people exchanges to security and military.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will co-chair the summit with President Xi. During the summit, China is expected to make official pledges of financial and technical assistance to African countries in the manufacturing sector.

The summit will conclude with the signing of a declaration and an action plan, providing guidelines for China-Africa co-operation for the next three years.

The documents are expected to build on the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of 2015, during which President Xi announced 10 major co-operation plans to promote industrialization and agricultural modernization in Africa.

Relations between Zimbabwe and China have blossomed over the years with the Asian giant emerging as the leading economic partner for the country, where it is implementing several projects in different sectors.

These include expansion of the Kariba Hydro and Hwange Thermal power stations and the refurbishment of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare.