We’ll maintain our relations with China-Lubinda

Government has assured China that it will maintain the long standing relations with that country and its people.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Given Lubinda said Zambia and the People’s Republic of China have shared warm bilateral relations for many years now.

Mr. Lubinda said it was not true that the relationship between the two countries will be negatively affected by the recent tragic death of a Chinese national in Sinazongwe.

He said government is concerned about an impression that the incident in Sinazongwe has a bearing on the relations of Zambia and China.

He argued that the tragic incident should be seen purely as a case of employee and employer misunderstanding which should not affect the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Mr. Lubinda said the Patriotic Front (PF) government will maintain the relationship with China which has translated into increased investment levels for Zambia and enhanced the social and economic cooperation at bilateral and multilateral levels.

He said at a press briefing in Lusaka today that his ministry will continue to play its role in nurturing this important partnership with China for the benefit of the Zambian people.

He added that the growing level of Chinese investment in Zambia is an indication of the stable and conducive environment which has continued to prevail in the country.

Mr. Lubinda has further advised that the incident should not be permitted to disrupt the cordial atmosphere that enabled the Chinese and all other foreign businesses to flourish in Zambia.

The minister has also assured all investors that government is determined to provide a safe and secure environment for business.

He said government attaches great importance to ensuring that justice prevails and the rule of law is upheld.

A Chinese national, Wu Shengzai died while three other Chinese nationals were injured during a workers’ protest on Saturday at Collum Coal Mine in Sinazongwe

A number of miners were arrested and charged in connection with the protest while five miners have since appeared in court.

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