Here is a relationship I think we can all agree should be nipped in the bud:
Under growing pressure from the international community over rights abuses and political and financial mismanagement, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has turned to China for help.
The 81-year-old leader, who has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980, is on a state visit and plans to discuss aid and trade with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior figures.
Under what he calls a “Look East” policy – an explicit response to Western criticism — Mugabe has sought stronger ties with Beijing, buying aircraft and other goods from China, which in turn is keen to strengthen political and trade ties with Africa.
Of course, “Looking East” is much easier now that Mugabe has razed every structure that could have possibly impeded his view.