China in Zambia

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October 2011
China And Africa. Zambia - China: Trade, Politics, and Development.
Scope : In little over three decades, the Bilateral relationship between Zambia and the
Peoples Republic of China has been cemented with a stronghold foundation, but then again, as interests have been reciprocated allying both over time, politics and economic imbalance has caused trade and development to be somewhat controversial in their
Relationship. This paper will also look at the historical and contemporary ties between the two economies.

In the Late 1960’s, shortly after Zambia’s Independence, China constructed a
2000km railway linking Zambia to Tanzania, in order to provide an alternate route to seaport trade for Zambia. This gesture, showed China’s interest in building ties with the
Southern African State, and it also showed, that China could be a dependable ally of the
Zambia. Zambia in turn also reciprocated, supporting the One China policy and also co- sponsoring China’s bid in the UN Security Council. Since then, both states have become affiliates with the sole purpose of steadfast development through trade and aid.
After time and effort have been put into building political ties, investments made among allied states tend to incline economic gains and this gives birth to a new type of partnership among states. Chinese Investments in the Zambia can be dated back to the period of Zambia’s Post-independence, this was the late 1960’s.
First wave of Chinese Investments came into Zambia in forms of Development aid and

has since then developed and increased, reaching nearly all sectors of the Zambian economy. Chinese Investment in Zambia has grown posthaste over the last decade and this is because of the historical friendship that has existed between the two states.
Kenneth Kaunda, The first…...

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