The China-Zambia relations continue to raise dust amongst political commentators in Zambia. Protagonists and antagonists seem to have taken irreconcilable positions on the matter. Understandably that is the debate that is replicated across the globe on Sino-Africa relations. The subject has been in sharper focus with President Edgar Lungu’s recent visit to Beijing for the China-Africa summit. He joined 53 of 54 Africa countries at the table with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
However, the level of disparagement that has characterized the post China visit by anti-China protagonists has been bizarrely blown out of context. Some theories thrown about have been downright lies.
Take the repossession of the newly constructed Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Even when the architecturally imposing structure brings dignity to the country that has had an airport looking like something of an airstrip it still gets to be scandalized. The terms under which it was constructed remain a public secret.
The list of outlandish proclamations about China taking over the country has been piling with Zesco and ZNBC added to that list. Have not people been whining about how ancient the national broadcaster has always looked with picture clarity negated by ancient equipment.
It won’t hurt to recap what deals the Zambian government struck on the recent China tour.
- The agreement on the economic and technical cooperation to Zambia which is the provision of the 30 million dollars.
- The letter for the extension of validity of economic and technical cooperation also worth 30 million dollars interest free loan to extend the 2012 agreement.
- A memorandum of understanding on the belt and road initiative which is to provide for the cooperation between the two countries under a signature visionary initiative by President Xi Jinping which was signed by the Honourable Minister of National Development planning Alexander Chiteme.
- An important agreement called the protocol on the export of honey from Zambia to China reiterating that this was a remarkable development because it emphasises the quality of the products from Zambia.
- Another agreement was by CNMC – China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Company and the ministry of Commerce signed by Hon Christopher Yaluma which intends to establish an industrial park and facilitate for trainings in mining operations.
- An MoU between a private company called Protea Infrastructure Development Fund regarding investment in a power plant was also signed by the ministry of Commerce.
- A memorandum of understanding to invest in the mineral processing plant in Zambia by Maolian Technology who are the owners of Nkana Alloy, the owners of the Black Mountain saying they have signed an agreement to invest in an ultra-modern minerals processing plant in the multi-facility zone at Chambishi
- Hon Brian Mushimba under Smart Zambia also signed another agreement with Huawei Institute regarding the launch and extension of the Smart Zambia project into phase 3.
- The ministry of transport and communication also signed another memorandum of understanding with Huawei to cooperate in the expansion and development of ICTs.