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Ambassador Li Jie Attends "Media Workshop" Hosted by the ZCFA and Gives a Briefing to Media

(From Chinese Embassy in Zambia)

2021/06/04

On 3rd June, H.E. Mr. Li Jie, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, attended "Media Workshop" hosted by the Zambia-China Friendship Association and gave a briefing to the Media.

Ambassador Li said that China and Zambia have always treated each other as equals with sincerity, friendship, mutual benefit, and win-win results. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Zambia have helped each other and overcome difficulties together. To support Zambia's efforts against COVID-19, the Chinese Government has donated several batches of anti-epidemic medical supplies and the China-aided hospitals were commissioned and put in use in time. Chinese institutions in Zambia have also donated goods and funds worth millions of kwacha. He said that Chinese companies have chosen to overcome difficulties with local workers and keep operating, which has provided strong support for Zambia to fight the epidemic and stabilize the economy. He said that at the Global Health Summit, President Xi Jinping announced proposals to make vaccines accessible and affordable to developing countries. President Xi also announced that China will provide an additional 3 billion US dollars in international aid over the next three years to support COVID-19 response and economic and social recovery in developing countries. The Chinese side will continue to support anti-epidemic efforts of developing countries, including Zambia.

When asked about Zambia's debt issue, Ambassador Li said that China and Zambia have conducted financing cooperation projects in infrastructure, energy, agriculture and other fields, which has effectively promoted Zambia's national development. These projects will bring long-term benefits to the Zambian people. Apart from being actively committed to fully implementing the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), China has announced to waive Zambia 150 million yuan or K506 million of interest-free loans due at the end of 2020. The Chinese side believes that the fundamental solution to Zambia's debt issue is supporting Zambia in enhancing development capabilities to realize growth. He said that China understands the difficulties that Zambia is facing. Therefore, it has never pressed Zambia on debt service but has been committed to dealing with the issue through friendly consultations.

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