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Vol 1 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2008


Zambia

China, India and the vote

The three main presidential candidates show they are all aware of the importance of Asian investment to the country's future

Asia is looming large in Zambia's presidential elections, due on 30 October. This is partly because China and India have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Zambia's copper mines and also because local trades unionists have protested about the conditions and pay offered by some of the Chinese companies. The antipathy against China has been so great that last year President Hu Jintao had a lengthy meeting with government officials in Lusaka and made a special appeal to Chinese companies in the Copperbelt to respect Zambia's employment laws and local institutions.

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