President Michael Sata’s application to visit China this year to meet Chinese president Hu Jintao has been rejected.
And Sata will soon announce the commencement of constructing a modern airport and five star hotels in Muchinga province.
Sata had planned to go to China and personally lobby the Chinese government to move in and construct Muchinga province before Zambia and Zimbabwe hosts the UN Tourism conference sometime next year.
Sata’s plan is that half the delegates should stay in Muchinga instead of Livingstone the host town and tourist capital.
On July 1, this year, Sata claimed that Livingstone has no capacity to host the 4000 tourists expected in the country next year to attend the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference scheduled for August 2013 in Livingstone.
He did not reveal what he had in mind.
So far, the PF regime is in talks with the leaders of the Chinese province Jiangxi which they want to twin with Muchinga. This process in at a very advanced stage and is led not by any government ministry but by the newly formed Muchinga Foundation.
But when Sata wrote to the Chinese embassy in Zambia requesting to visit China and meet that country’s leader, he was advised that the calendar for Hu Jintao is full this year. They advised him that they will find a slot for him sometime next year.
In frustration but strategically, Sata went to Japan which is currently involved in a land dispute with China.
China and Japan are involved in bitter territorial dispute.
Sino-Japanese relations deteriorated sharply in September after Japan bought the East China Sea islets that both Tokyo and Beijing claim, sparking anti-Japanese protests across China.
Violent protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese products broke out across China in mid-September after Japan bought two of the East China Sea islands, known as the Diaoyu in Chinese and the Senkaku in Japanese, from their private owners.