Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji has lauded China for increased bilateral trade and preferential treatment of Zambia’s agricultural products in that country.
Mr Malanji has cited the export of Zambia’s honey, groundnuts and soya beans to China.
Mr Malanji has however, complained that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in trade volumes between China and Zambia.
ZANIS reports that Mr Malanji was speaking when the Visiting Chinese Special Envoy, Yang Jiechi, paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Lusaka yesterday.
“Your visit as a Special Envoy is just a renaissance of an already standing cordial relationship between the two countries. This shows the commitment that the Government of the Republic of China has for this country,” he said.
Mr Malanji added that Zambia and China must find a way to continue working together during the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen a bad patch in all economies globally.
Mr Yang Jiechi, is a Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office of the Communist Party of China.