President Edgar Lungu’ spokesperson Amos Chanda says China has complained to president Lungu over the imaginary xenophobia against the Chinese nationals.
And Chanda has said that President Lungu has assured the Chinese Government, that his primary responsibility as Head of State is to protect Chinese nationals.
Mr Chanda said that President Lungu said this when the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Mr Li Jie, delivered a messege of good will to President Lungu for his 62nd birthday.
Mr Chanda stated that Ambassador Li Jie also took time to deliver a message of complaint and regret from the Chinese government, that China felt completely let down by the Xenophobic attacks on Chinese Nationals living in Zambia.
He stated that the Chinese where sadly being targeted at a time when Zambia’s relationship with China is at the highest point in history compared only to the time when President Kaunda was in office.
According to Chanda, Ambassador Li Jie further claimed that a deproportionately high number of Chinese nationals, had taken long vacations to try and see if the situation will be brought under control. He stated that some had scaled down their operations in the nation whilst others had literally closed their businesses.
Chanda said that owing to the Xenophobic attacks and the many overwhelming queries from the international media, the Chinese Government felt that they had to put on record their displeasure and disappointment that Zambia which is primed as the best Chinese destination in the world for investment and settlement could record such regrettable developments.
He stated that the Chinese government was however grateful for President Lungu’s quick and decisive action to protect the Chinese that had been attacked in kitwe, on the Copperbelt.
Chanda stated that President Lungu also expressed gratitude that the Chinese government had taken note of the steps the Zambian government had taken to ensure the violence was stopped immediately and that it did not spill over to other parts of the country.