CHINESE Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming has described first republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda as Africa’s towering leader who enjoys the highest prestige not only in Africa, but throughout the world.
Mr Yang said Dr Kaunda was a visionary co-founder and pioneer of the all-weather relationship between China and Zambia.
Speaking at the reception to celebrate Dr Kaunda’s birthday which falls on April 28, Mr Yang said Dr Kaunda had made great and lasting contribution to China’s restoration of its legitimate seat in the United Nations in 1971 and the flourishing development of the China-Zambia and China-Africa relationship.
Mr Yang said the leadership of Dr Kaunda presses the starting button for the China-Zambia friendly relationship.
He said Zambia and China had continued achieving fruitful results in its bilateral co-operation in all fields following President Edgar Lungu’s visit to China last month.
“President Xi Jinping and President Lungu reached consensus on the further development of China-Zambia relations and the visit will usher in a new era of China-Zambia friendly cooperation,” he said.
Mr Yang said China had every reason to believe in Dr Kaunda’s care and support through joint efforts of the two countries that friendly relations founded by Zambia’s first President.
“On behalf of President Xi, the Chinese government and the people, as well as all the people present tonight, I wish you a happy birthday and a healthy and long life,” he said.
And Mr Yang said to strengthen the cultural exchanges between China and Zambia and the mutual understanding between the two countries, the Ministry of Culture of China assigned the city of Nanjing at the beginning of 2015 to undertake a two-year cultural programme with Zambia.
He said the Nanjing delegation from China was in Zambia to sign with the Zambian Government three cultural exchange agreements including exchanges between museums and protection of intangible cultural heritage.
“I believe that these programmes will play an important role in supporting the cultural development of Zambia, and further promote the bilateral relations and friendship between Zambia and China,” he said.
Mr Yang thanked the Nanjing delegation and said he was hopeful the cooperation between the city of Nanjing and Zambia would bear more fruits in the next two years.