Chinese vice premier calls for further cooperation with Zambia

08:19, January 11, 2011      

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Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu called for further cooperation with Zambia while meeting with Zambian Vice President George Kunda at the State House in Lusaka on Monday.

Hui spoke highly on all-weather friendship between the two countries, saying that Chinese and Zambian people have a long tradition of mutual understanding and supporting. Sino-Zambian ties have passed the test of challenges amid global changes over the past years.

Zambia's firm ground on one-China policy and support on China's core benefits are appreciated, Hui said, adding that friendship and cooperation between the two sides have been further strengthened in the new century.

With increasing political exchanges and booming economic cooperation between the two nations, bilateral ties have been further developed over the past years. Bilateral trade and Chinese investment projects in Zambia have experienced a prosperous era while cultural and social exchanges between the two sides are also flourishing.

For his part, Kunda commended the mutual beneficial cooperation between the two countries and expressed appreciation for China's assistance to Zambia in the past years. The vice president said that Zambia will continuously insist on the one-China policy and is looking forward to more and diversified cooperation with China.

During the meeting, the two sides also reached a consensus on further cooperation with the aim to implement Zambia-related projects under the China-Africa Cooperation Forum. They also agreed to enforce cooperation in the projects of agricultural exchanges.

The Chinese vice premier and the Zambian vice president signed an agreement on Sino-Zambian economic and technological cooperation and a memorandum on agricultural cooperation after the meeting.

Zambia is the second leg of Hui's five-African country tour which has taken him to Mauritius and will also take him to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Senegal.

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