Chinese spokesperson says China has assisted Zambia a lot

On the afternoon of September 27, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.
Question: Newly elected Zambian President Sata’s first meeting with a foreign envoy was with Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao on September 26. Sata welcomed Chinese companies’ investment in Zambia and also expressed the hope that they would abide by Zambian laws and help boost local employment. How does China respond?
Answer: China and Zambia enjoy traditional friendship. China has assisted Zambia with a lot of infrastructure and livelihood projects over the years. Chinese companies invest in and cooperate with Zambia on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, creating tens of thousands of jobs and vigorously promoting the economic and social development in Zambia. Major Chinese enterprises in Zambia have adhered to the principle of “no withdrawal of investment, no shutdown and no downsizing” and have made prominent contributions to Zambia’s fight against the international financial crisis in recent years.
The Chinese Government supports competent and well-established Chinese enterprises in conducting investment and cooperation in Zambia and requires them to abide by local laws and regulations and fulfill their due social obligations. We would like to work with the new Zambian Government to promote sustained and sound development of China-Zambia economic cooperation and trade so as to deliver more tangible benefits to the two peoples.

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