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China promises mutual respect, not to interfere with Zambia’s internal affairs


China will continue to support the people of Zambia in independently choosing a development path that suits their national condition and never interfere in the internal affairs of the country.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Du Xiahoui, said China will never take the liberty to make irresponsible remarks about the Zambian government’s decisions.

Du said on the debt issue, China neither forced, forces nor will force any condition onto Zambia and in the spirit of friendship, equality and mutual respect, China, as one of the co-chairs, is coordinating efforts from all sides to actively participate in the debt talks.

He said China opposes the so-called “New Cold War”, disagree putting up cliques and opposes bloc politics because it’s cooperation with Zambia is independent from outside factors and does not harm a third party.

Du said China will adhere to this principle when dealing with other difficult issues in the future especially that China and Zambia, both as developing countries, share the same goal.

“That is development. And the practical cooperation between our two countries has been focused on development. Within less than one year, the China-aided Kenneth Kaunda International Conference Center (KKICC) hosted multiple large-scale international events, including the African Union Mid-year Coordinating Summit,” He said.

Du also revealed that last year, the trade volume between China and Zambia grew 30. 2 percent to a new record high of US$6.73 billion and Zambia enjoyed a huge surplus of US$4.77 billion.

“We hope that the Zambia-China Friendship Association will continue to advertise the outcomes of development cooperation between our two countries.

“I am also looking forward to more good advice and ideas from the Association on how to expand the bilateral cooperation,” he said.

Du said this during the award giving ceremony to six winners of the essay competition in Lusaka on Thursday hosted by the Zambia-China Friendship Association (ZCFA).

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ZCFA Chairperson, Fredrick Mutesa, said the Association has learnt from that competition that many Zambians particularly young people are aware and appreciate the important contribution of China to Zambia’s economic development and are desirous to see the relations grow.

“In the end, our panel of three judges settled on six winners who scored consistently high on all the individual judges score sheets,” Mutesa said.

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