From May 10 to 11, 2017, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming visited Zambia, during which he met and held talks respectively with President Edgar Lungu, Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba and Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska of Zambia. Zhang Ming also paid a courtesy call on the founding President Kenneth David Kaunda of Zambia, exchanging in-depth views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

Zhang Ming noted that as good friends, good partners and good brothers, China and Zambia enjoy profound traditional friendship with mutual respect and equal treatment. The two sides understand and support each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns. China is willing to make joint efforts with Zambia to actively implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, comprehensively deepen friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and push the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) for more and faster implementation, so as to better benefit the two peoples.

The Zambian side expressed that the country treasures bilateral traditional friendship. The country thanks China for the long-term and selfless support to Zambia’s national construction and economic and social development, and reiterated its adherence to the one-China policy. Zambia hopes to, under the FOCAC framework, enhance mutually beneficial cooperation with China in such fields as infrastructure construction, industry, human resource, agricultural modernization and tourism. The country appreciates China for suiting actions to its words and actively implementing the outcomes of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit.

(From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China)