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Vol 5 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2012


Zambia

Lusaka welcomes Asia, again

President Michael Sata tries to balance Chinese investors’ interests and his populist policies

The former scourge of Chinese investors, President Michael Chilufya Sata, has reshuffled his Patriotic Front government to placate Asian and other investors and to streamline economic policy. On 3 February, he moved the outspoken Labour Minister, Chishimba Kambwili, who had lambasted Chinese and Indian economic interests and upset the Chinese Ambassador among others, to the Sports Ministry. Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao publicly lamented that there was only one political party in Africa that had made China a domestic political issue.

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