Sata to hold talks with Xi Jinping

BILATERAL relations between Zambia and China are set to get a further boost when President Michael Sata today holds talks with his counterpart Xi Jinping.

President Sata, who will deliver a keynote speech at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) tomorrow, arrived yesterday afternoon aboard a special plane provided by the Chinese government.

His ministers of Finance, Commerce and Foreign Affairs are also expected to sign agreements with the Chinese government, among them financial support for road infrastructure development under the country’s Link Zambia 8000 project launched last year.

Few African countries today have closer links with China than Zambia.

For instance, Chinese investment in the Zambian mines is in excess of US$2 billion. This figure is expected to increase upon completion of the multi facility economic zones being developed in Lusaka and Chambishi – an initiative that has made China’s Shenzhen one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.