ZAMBIAASIA Wild cats and King Cobra 10th November 2011 The sun rises over the wetlands of Lake Bangweulu, Zambia. Credit: Kieran Dodds / Panos Image courtesy of Panos Pictures After being elected president, Michael Sata has softened his combative stance towards Chinese mine owners so now the trades unions are leading the charge After just two months in office, President Michael Chilufya Sata has made a complete turnaround in his attitude to China. He once criticised Chinese investors but now wants to use them to develop Zambia’s economy. The full force of his government is focused on reassuring its partners in Beijing, leaving workers and human rights groups to attack the activities of Chinese mining companies. In opposition, Sata (aka King Cobra) blamed Chinese investors for abuse and corruption; as President, he blames the former government for fraud in handing out working papers.