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Vol 6 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2013


Zambia

Reality replaces Sata’s rhetoric

On President Sata’s inaugural trip to China, Beijing’s former critic welcomed Chinese investment as long as it produces clear benefits for Zambia

In opposition, he lambasted the role of Chinese companies in the Zambian economy, but President Michael Chilufya Sata’s April state visit to China marked a point of closure on his previous criticism. At the 11 April Zambia-China Economic and Investment Forum organised by Zambia’s Beijing embassy and China Nonferrous Metals Company, President Sata declared: ‘Zambia needs capital, technology and personnel from China. Our focus is the development and progress investors could bring to Zambia, not their colours.’ The message was that Chinese investment is welcome, especially if it helps the Patriotic Front (PF) to deliver on election promises.

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