Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Zambian President
Levy Mwanwasa shake hands as they unveil a commemorative plaque for the
economic development for Chambishi at the Mulungushi International
Conference Centre in Lusaka February 4, 2007.
LUSAKA: China and Zambia will
boost political and economic collaboration, strengthen dialogue and increase
people-to-people and cultural interaction, said a joint communique issued
The document, signed by Zambian President Levy Patric Mwanawasa and his
visiting Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, said the two sides also agreed that
their joint efforts will focus on infrastructure, agriculture and mining.
It said Zambia recognizes China as a market economy.
Mwanawasa expressed appreciation to China for selfless assistance over the
years, while Hu applauded Zambia's remarkable achievements in economic
development and its contribution to peace.
A day earlier, Hu announced a package of measures designed to boost bilateral
Cancel debts in the form of interest-free government loans that were due by
the end of 2005.
Open up the Chinese market by increasing zero-tariff items from 190 to 442.
Set up an economic and trade zone in Zambia.
Build a stadium in the city of Ndola, which could help turn Zambia into a
major host of sports events in Africa.
Build an agricultural technology demonstration center, two rural schools, a
hospital, and an anti-malaria center.
Offer 117 Chinese government-funded scholarships between 2007 and 2008 and
train more professionals for Zambia.
Hu yesterday also met Kenneth Kaunda, former Zambian president and an old
friend of China. Quoting a Chinese proverb, "Those who drink water will never
forget the people who dig the well", Hu praised Kaunda's contribution to the
Kaunda is one of the few surviving African leaders who have met several
generations of Chinese leaders. During his tenure, China assisted Zambia and
Tanzania to build Tazara, a railway linking land-locked Zambia with a port in
Tanzania in the 1970s.
Hu also met Amusaa Mwanamwambwa, speaker of the national assembly, yesterday.
Zambia is the fourth leg of Hu's eight-nation African tour, which has taken
him to Cameroon, Liberia and Sudan. He will also visit Namibia, South Africa,
Mozambique and the Seychelles.
(China Daily 02/05/2007 page1)