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Multi-pronged attacks on Zambia-China friendship worries association


The Zambia-China-Friendship-Association (ZCFA) has noted with concern the escalation of multi-pronged attacks on the Zambia-China friendship.

ZCFA Secretary-General, Dr. Fredrick Mutesa, said this did not come as a surprise to the Association because a lot of people were unsettled over the friendship that existed between the two countries.

Mutesa in a statement issued on Sunday in Lusaka said this was an unbreakable friendship because it was based on sincerity and mutual benefits.

He noted that the truth of the matter was that China’s contribution to Zambia’s economic development and security was something that cannot be washed away.

“The elevation of Zambia-China bilateral ties to the status of Comprehensive and Strategic Cooperative Partnership during the meeting between President Hakainde Hichilema and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping in Beijing last September, has unsettled those who are in the habit of wanting to divide loyal friends,” Mutesa said.

He emphasized that the earlier this fact was recognized and accepted the better for everyone saying contrary to the wishes of naysayers, Zambia-China bilateral ties were growing stronger and stronger by the day.

Mutesa added that during his first official visit to China, Hichilema spent almost a week visiting various provinces, a courtesy extended to only a few Heads of State.

“By the end of the visit, about 17 Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between the two governments, signifying growing bilateral ties,” he stated.

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Mutesa said the agreements signed by the two governments were now at various stages of actualization.

He stated that there had been exchange visits between Lusaka and Beijing, signifying the commitment of both governments to translating the Agreements into reality for the benefit of the two peoples.

“No doubt, many of these agreement once fully implemented will contribute to Zambia’s economic growth and general welfare of its people,” Mutesa said.

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