The construction of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZRA) has always been hailed as a symbol of cooperation not only between China and Zambia, but also between China and Africa.
The construction of the rail line which connects Zambia and Tanzania has not only brought economic benefits for the two countries but also helped in promoting China-Africa ties.
Since then, the relations have moved by leaps and bounds, and expand to culture and people-to-people exchanges.
Observers hold that the relations between China and Zambia have blossomed over the years.
Sande Ngalande, Executive Director of the Belt and Road Joint Research Center, which was launched last year to help promote enhance China-Zambia relations, said, China showed its great friendship not only to Zambia but Africa as a whole by supporting the countries to gain independence.
According to him, the construction of the TAZARA has been a great monument of cooperation and friendship between the people of China and Zambia.
Since then, China has demonstrated its unwavering support to Zambia. The level of support to Zambia by China is just immeasurable.
From the massive infrastructure projects funded by China such as the construction of two ultra-modern stadia, this friendship has brought immense benefits to the southern African nation.
This has also been underscored by the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie.
In an article entitled “China-Zambia Economic and Trade Cooperation Present Broad Prospects,” the Chinese envoy said the two countries have always cherished the warm relations which have existed over the years.
According to him, the two countries have enjoyed warm and cordial diplomatic ties in the last 55 years.
He, however, said since the beginning of the new century under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the two countries have conducted all-round high level cooperation.
The practical cooperation, he said, has brought fruitful achievements in various sectors of the Zambia economy such as infrastructure, energy, agriculture, among others.
Zambia is an important partner of China in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative and building a closer China-Africa community with a shared future, he said.
The sound development of China’s economy, he said, injects strong impetus into China-Zambia economic and trade cooperation.
A number of Chinese enterprises have set bases in Zambia and are not only providing jobs to local people but paying taxes as well. Enditem