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15 July 2015


Zambia's Ambassador to China Looks Forward to Visit Chairman Mao’s Hometown

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Zambia's Ambassador to China Winnie Chibesakunda receives an interview in Beijing. (Photo/Huang Tingting, Hunan Daily)
At the Embassy of Zambia, the group photo of Mao Zedong, first chairman of the PRC; and Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president, can be seen on the walls of the reception hall, office, and conference room. During their meeting, Chairman Mao made a decision to assist the construction of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA).
Recently Zambia's Ambassador to China Winnie Chibesakunda received an interview in Beijing. She said, “We are very proud to expand cooperation with China. The group photo symbolizes the start of China-Zambia cooperation.” She added, “I am very much looking forward to visiting Chairman Mao's hometown. I also hope to seek cooperation opportunities in Hunan during the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, so as to let more people know about and visit Zambia.”
Ms. Chibesakunda said that although Zambia is not among the countries along the ancient Silk Road, "Belt and Road" Initiative has opened its doors to Zambia. This helps strengthen the friendship between China and Zambia.
In April this year, the "China-Zambia Cultural Year" event, which was planned by the heads of the two countries, was launched in Beijing. The year-long event will have a positive impact on forging a stronger people-to-people bond and promoting win-win cooperation.
Ms. Chibesakunda believes that the event shows that the two countries are opening up wider to each other.
“Now, Zambia has built bridges providing convenient transportation, hospitals, and a few more universities. More students are able to receive higher education...,” Ms. Chibesakunda said, adding that a changing Africa indicates Africa has benefited a lot from the cooperation with China. The China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo has also paved the way for enhanced cooperation between China and Africa.
Talking about cooperation with Hunan, Ms. Chibesakunda said that Zambian provinces and Hunan province are jointly carrying out agricultural training programs. She related that Zambia has many waterfalls, abundant water resources, and vast arable land. It can provide planting and training sites for agricultural cooperation between the two places, which facilitates spread of Hunan's advanced agricultural technology to Zambia.
Ms. Chibesakunda said that through the expo, Zambia aims to formally sign a MoU on agricultural cooperation with Hunan.
Zambia is famous for its copper resources, but now is seeking an economic transformation, Ms. Chibesakunda said. Zambia’s enterprises attending the expo involve almost all of the major economic sectors, including agriculture, industry, and tourism in particular. 
“Zambia is a beautiful country endowed with natural scenery, and beautiful waterfalls can be seen everywhere,” said Ms. Chibesakunda. She introduced with great excitement, “I know that Chinese people like traveling very much, and we hope that more Chinese friends will visit Zambia to experience its charm."  
This article is from Hunan Provincial Government.
Translator: Xiao Juan
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