Last updated on February 18, 2012
Zambia election 2011 postmortem continued. China welcomed the outcome of the vote and said it would continue fostering cooperation. “As a friendly country of Zambias, we respect the Zambian peoples choice, and are willing to continue to promote traditional friendship with Zambia and expand mutually beneficial cooperation in every aspect,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing in Beijing. Chinese companies have become major players in Zambias economy with total investments by the end of 2010 topping $2 billion, according to data from the Chinese embassy. But Sata has accused Chinese mining firms of creating slave labor conditions with scant regard for safety or the local culture.