Joint Communiqué Between the People's Republic of China and The Republic of Zambia
Lusaka, 4 February 2007
I. At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, SC, the President of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Mr. Hu Jintao paid a state visit to Zambia from February 3rd to 5th, 2007.
II. During his visit, President Hu Jintao held official and bilateral talks with President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa SC. He also met with the Speaker of the National Assembly, His Honour Amusaa Mwanamwambwa. The leaders of the two countries had in-depth exchanges of views in a cordial and friendly atmosphere and reached broad agreement on building on the success of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), China-Zambia political and economic relations as well as international and regional issues of mutual interest. A number of agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed to bolster bilateral cooperation.
III. The two sides noted with satisfaction the healthy and steady growth of China-Zambia friendship and cooperation based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence since the establishment of diplomatic relations 42 years ago. Both sides agreed to intensify consultation and dialogue, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, increase people-to-people and cultural interactions and strengthen international cooperation to further grow China-Zambia friendly relations.
IV. The two sides pledged to continue to support each other on matters concerning their sovereignty, territorial integrity, national stability and political and economic development. The Chinese side expressed support for Zambia's efforts to maintain stability and strengthen its economy. The Zambian side reaffirmed its commitment to the one China policy and its opposition to "Taiwan independence" in any form, including "de jure Taiwan independence", and Taiwan's attempt to join any international or regional organisation consisting only of sovereign states. The Zambian side will not enter into any official relations or have any official contacts with Taiwan and supports the efforts made by the Chinese side to realise national reunification. The Chinese side highly appreciated this principled position of the Zambian side.
V. The two sides were satisfied with their fruitful cooperation in trade and economic field. They agreed to fully implement the cooperation agreements they had concluded, with focus on infrastructure, agriculture, mining and human resources development, and to encourage the business communities of both countries to enter into cooperation for mutual benefit. To facilitate Chinese investment in Zambia, the two sides decided to build a Zambia-China trade and economic cooperation zone in Zambia. The Chinese side reiterated that it would continue to provide assistance to Zambia to the best of its capability to support Zambia in its efforts to promote socio-economic development.
VI. In view of the economic reforms undertaken by the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Zambia recognizes the People's Republic of China as a market economy.
VII. The two sides agreed to enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and exchanges in social development, and expand cooperation in culture, education, health, tourism and aviation.
VIII. The two sides briefed each other on their respective domestic developments. President Hu applauded the remarkable achievements made by the Zambian Government under the leadership of President Mwanawasa in economic and social development and Zambia's contribution to peace, stability and development in Africa. President Mwanawasa expressed appreciation to China for its selfless assistance provided to Zambia over the years which had contributed to Zambia's development and economic growth.
IX. The two sides agreed to strengthen consultation on international and regional issues, work together to uphold the interests of China, Zambia and other developing countries, and promote South-South cooperation and North-South dialogue in a common endeavour to build a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity.
X. The two sides hailed the positive role of FOCAC in boosting China-Africa relations. They agreed that the FOCAC Beijing Summit, which took place in November 2006, was a huge success and another milestone in the history of China-Africa relations. Both sides expressed readiness to enhance the new type of strategic partnership between China and Africa featuring political equality and mutual trust, economic win-win cooperation and cultural exchange.
XI．The Chinese side expressed its appreciation for the warm hospitality accorded to President Hu Jintao during his visit to Zambia.