China does not seek a horse-rider relationship with Zambia, says Lungu

By Staff Reporter

 

CHINA does not have a record of colonialism, neither does it seek a horse-rider relationship with Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has defended the Southern African nation’s ‘friendship’ with the Communist Party-led Chinese State.

During an address to Parliament in Lusaka on Friday, President Lungu, who recently returned from China where that country’s leadership pledged a US$60 billion investment fund for the African continent, said as an independent nation, Zambia would choose her own friends on her own terms without being dictated to.

“Our friendship with one nation is not dependent on us creating enmity with another,” said President Lungu as opposition members of parliament heckled him. “We shall choose our own friends.”

President Lungu, who said Zambia respects the bilateral relationships she has with the United States of America, the European Union, and other countries, also said Zambia’s friendship with China was nothing other than mutual.

“Our friendship is mutual and no amount of propaganda will deter us,” he said. “I therefore urge all of you to ignore the misleading headlines talking about colonialism. China does not have that record neither does it seek a horse-rider relationship with our people.”

There has been heightened concern in Zambia over the country’s growing indebtedness to China and the growing number of Chinese nationals in all sectors of the economy.

Last week, Africa Confidential reported China’s pending take over of strategic national assets due to Zambia’s indebtedness