In a significant diplomatic move, the President of the Republic of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, is set to undertake a state visit to China from September 10 to 16, 2023. This announcement was made by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying, during a press briefing on Friday.
The visit comes as a result of an official invitation extended by Chinese President Xi Jinping to his Zambian counterpart, President Hichilema, signifying the importance of fostering and reinforcing the longstanding diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The upcoming state visit holds great significance for both China and Zambia as it represents a crucial opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation, strengthen economic ties, and promote cultural exchanges.
President Hakainde Hichilema’s visit is expected to encompass a wide range of discussions and engagements with Chinese leaders, government officials, and business leaders. These interactions will cover areas of mutual interest, including trade, investment, infrastructure development, and technology cooperation.
Zambia has long been an important partner for China in Africa, with diplomatic ties between the two countries dating back to the early 1960s. Over the years, their relationship has grown stronger, encompassing economic cooperation, development projects, and people-to-people exchanges.
During his visit, President Hichilema is expected to hold high-level meetings with Chinese officials to explore avenues for enhancing economic and trade collaboration, with a focus on sustainable development and investment in various sectors.
The trip will also provide an opportunity to strengthen cultural bonds and promote educational exchanges, further deepening the ties between the people of Zambia and China.
As the world continues to face global challenges, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, this state visit highlights the importance of international cooperation and solidarity.
Both China and Zambia are committed to working together to address global issues and contribute to the well-being and prosperity of their respective nations and the broader international community.
The upcoming state visit of President Hakainde Hichilema to China is expected to serve as a significant milestone in the continued growth of diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations between these two nations, reflecting their shared commitment to mutual progress and cooperation on the global stage.
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